When Rand Gauthier (conducted by Seth Rogen in Hulu’s Pam & Tommy) shopped the video around Hollywood—a recording he stole from historical employer (and Mötley Crüe drummer) Tommy Lee’s house, exhibiting Lee and newlywed Pamela Anderson having sex—he wished to raze Lee.
In its place, the choice perceived to occur. Lee seemed unfazed by the leak, which no longer handiest boosted his rock valuable person star keep of residing but also gave him fodder and publicity for future fabric, including a memoir. “I made his occupation, is what took place,” Gauthier advised Rolling Stone nearly 20 years later.
On the time of that interview in 2014, Gauthier modified into once silent an electrician, and he modified into once rising marijuana out of his California garage. He modified into once 57.
That memoir, retold in Pam & Tommy, is right. Nevertheless while the sequence of occasions stays largely appropriate (or at the least, according to the accounts from Gauthier, who likely exaggerated some distinguished capabilities of the Lee heist), its contributors are reasonably diversified.
As in the Rolling Stone article upon which the series relies mostly, Gauthier—and no longer the eponymous duo of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson—takes center stage; he is the memoir’s central figure, its instigator.
Here’s the negate memoir of the man who stole the tape.
Who is Rand Gauthier?
In step with the Rolling Stone fragment cited above, Gauthier grew up in L.A., the keep his mother modified into once a Jehovah’s Search. He developed an pastime in cults and conspiracies.
Earlier than he met Tommy Lee, Gauthier modified into once a porn valuable person—of kinds. He had dated a porn actress in the 1980s and later joined her on camera the exhaust of the title “Austin Moore.” Gauthier conducted in over 70 adult movies into the ’90s. He even married his costar, divorced, and then started relationship more actresses.
Gauthier also labored as an electrician, and modified into once hired to work on Lee’s house renovation. He labored for three months sooner than he modified into once fired.
Lee owed Gauthier $20,000 for the work, but he modified into once bored stiff with Lee and Anderson and true wished out. When he and the licensed contractor came motivate to ranking their instruments, the Rolling Stone memoir says, Lee pointed a shotgun at Gauthier and acknowledged, “gain the fuck off my property.”
Gauthier proceeded to scope out the Lee plight, looking ahead to revenge. He advised reporter Amanda Chicago Lewis that he historical a white fur rug to conceal himself because the couple’s dog, and so elude security cameras.
Lewis describes Gauthier:
“Here modified into once a guy who, on his 18th birthday, misplaced his virginity to a Vegas hooker. Here modified into once an L.A. boy thru and thru, struggling to dissociate himself from his notorious father, who starred in the distinctive Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway and modified into once Hymie the Robot on the Sixties sitcom Rep Elegant. By the Nineties, Gauthier had brilliant, tanned muscle groups, abundant shoulders, an alive to, trusting smile and a narrate that’s equal capabilities surfer and Ernie from Sesame Side road. Most folks brush apart him as a doofus, a conspiracy theorist who likes like a flash, out of the ordinary vehicles and relationship porn stars. He even did some scenes himself, and spent his time striking around an adult-film studio, building sets and chatting up starlets. A studio troll, they called him.”
Gauthier claims he went up to the couple’s bed room sooner than stealing the protected. He sawed it begin after he left the property.
Gauthier modified into once then working at a porn studio in North Hollywood. He took the tape there first the keep he and a partner made copies sooner than destroying the distinctive. They then went out taking a locate for a distributor but had been rebuked a couple of times for no longer having signed releases from Lee and Anderson.
The two at closing purchased funding from a person with connections to a Unique York mob family. They’d advertise on-line and sell and ship the tapes to patrons. Gauthier modified into once managing shipments while these around him had been selling copies of the tapes themselves for quick money.
The tapes purchased out and Gauthier modified into once rapidly accosted by a biker gang who had been hunting down the distributors. (It modified into once rumored that Lee historical connections with the Hell’s Angeles to search out Gauthier.)
By now, the tape modified into once in each plight, and Gauthier modified into once so paranoid of retribution he spent over a year in hiding with chums. Other sites had been already selling the tape themselves, and in 1997 Gauthier and his partner had been compelled to end the positioning, silent no longer having paid their mob-linked backer. Gauthier ended up working as a collector for the mob to pay motivate his fragment of the debt.
Lily James (appropriate) as Pamela Anderson
Because the tape circulated past everybody’s purchase an eye on, Gauthier bearing in mind his electrical work and distanced himself from chums who believed he modified into once hoarding massive earnings. He later moved up the soar to gain far from all of it.
When asked about the tape in 2014, he acknowledged he every so most steadily tells folks he stole it, even in the event that they don’t think him. Of the tape itself, he acknowledged, “It modified into once adorable. They’re in worship and a couple and they also’re true having fun with each and every other, and I center of attention on that’s extensive. I’m jealous. I want I had one thing admire that.”
Where is Rand Gauthier now?
An on-line bio and what appears to be to be Gauthier’s weblog issue that he remains to be working as an electrician. He is also writing a e-book, which is engaging to investigate “the nature of magic and symbolism in faith.”
Josh St. Clair
Joshua St Clair is an editorial assistant at Men’s Successfully being Magazine.
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