Pamela Anderson has called on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to defend Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and bring him back to Australia.
The former star of Baywatch said the PM should be proud of the work of the Australian-born Assange, who has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years.
Anderson denied the rumors that she was more than just a close friend of Assange, but told the Nine Network's 60 minutes that their relationship was a "romantic fight."
Anderson, who had a friendship with Assange for his shared interest in activism, believes the Australian government should do more to help him.
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A computer hacker and a former bombshell seem to be an unlikely alliance. But Julian Assange & @PamFoundation Sharing a special bond, she says, is a "romantic struggle". She has been visiting him in the Ecuadorian Embassy for two years and takes pictures every single time # 60 minutes pic.twitter.com/9p7m8yx2Wv
– 60 minutes Australia (@ 60 minutes) November 4, 2018
Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after British courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to question a sexual abuse case.
This case has been dropped, but supporters have said that Assange fears that he might be extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy. WikiLeaks published US diplomatic and military secrets when Assange operated the operation.
"Defend your friend, bring Julian back his passport and bring him back to Australia, be proud of him and throw him a parade when he gets home," Anderson said as he read her message for Mr Morrison was asked.
Anderson confirmed that she is in a relationship with French footballer Adil Rami, but said that her association with Assange is a "romantic struggle" to "educate the world."
"We have no romantic relationship, but I feel very close to him and feel closer to him than I think many people have come to him," she said.
She rejected the suggestions Assange gave her and said, "I think I'm valuable in some ways because I think people think he's a computer screen and I humanize him."
Asked if there was a "physical" relationship when Assange was not in the embassy, Anderson shyly teased, "Who knows, he's a little pale for me."
Anderson also raised criticism in the interview, with comments that affected the #Metoo movement.
"Feminism can go too far, I'm a feminist, but I think this third wave feminism is boring, I think it paralyzes men, I think this #Metoo movement is too much for me – I'm sorry I'll probably be killed because I said that, "she told interviewer Liam Bartlett.
"My mother taught me not to go to a hotel with a stranger, so if someone opens the door in a bathrobe and it's a business meeting, maybe I should go out with someone else."
When Bartlett asked if she was talking about Harvey Weinstein, she answered "yes."
"I think some things are just common sense or, if you come in, you get the job," she added with a laugh.