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Monday, September 28, 1998 Published at 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK


Pamela's ex promises no more violence

Tommy Lee says he has learnt to control his anger

The American rock star Tommy Lee, who was imprisoned for attacking his wife Pamela Anderson Lee, says he has finally learned to control his temper - after taking special lessons.

The former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson married Lee in 1995, but she filed for divorce shortly after the attack in February 1998. The couple have two children - six-month-old Dylan and two-year-old Brandon.

History of violence

[ image: Lee and Pamela Anderson - when she was pregnant with Brandon]
Lee and Pamela Anderson - when she was pregnant with Brandon
Last May Lee pleaded guilty to hitting his wife while she was holding their then seven-week-old son Dylan, and also kicking her in the back.

Later in August, while the performer was in prison, he was sentenced to another 30 days for an earlier attack on a security guard at one of the band's concerts.

The Motley Crue drummer was released from the Los Angeles county jail earlier this month after serving 78 days of a six-month sentence.

In an interview with OK! magazine Lee says he has been undergoing special counselling sessions to help him overcome his violent tendencies. He said he has learned a lot about managing his anger from his therapist.

"Probably the most important thing she's taught me is that it's healthy and natural to feel those feelings. But that doesn't mean you have to act on them."

Lee discovers nature

[ image: Will Lee's promises impress Pamela?]
Will Lee's promises impress Pamela?
Lee said the experience of being in jail had made him analyse his life and he said had now "met" himself.

Being locked up has also given him a greater appreciation of nature, the musician claimed. He said he would be channelling his experiences of prison life into his music.

But the rocker would not be drawn on whether he thought his claims of a new-found calmness would help to reunite him with Pamela Anderson-Lee.

"Whatever else may happen, she will always be the mother of my children. That's pretty meaningful," he said.

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