Actress Pamela Anderson has expressed her displeasure with Australia’s prime minister for making “smutty” remarks about her, after earlier asking him to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The drama started after Ms Anderson had urged Scott Morrison to bring Mr Assange to Australia.
Mr Morrison rejected her plea, but said he had “plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort out the issue with Pamela”.
Mr Assange, an Australian citizen, has remained in asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy over fears of extradition to the US, and earlier this month Ms Anderson, a former Baywatch star and long-time advocate for Mr Assange, had called on the Australian government to help him.
“Get Julian his passport back and take him back home to Australia and be proud of him, and throw him a parade when he gets home,” she told Australia’s 60 Minutes programme.
And following the PM’s response which was carried on radio, Ms Anderson wrote in an open letter on Sunday: “You trivialized and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family.
“You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion.”
While Mr Morrison has not responded to Ms Anderson’s criticism, a government minister defended his comment as being “light-hearted”.
Meanwhile, several Australian politicians backed her criticism of Mr Morrison’s language, even if some disputed her views on Mr Assange’s case.