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Watch What Happens Live: Pamela Anderson reveals losing touch with ‘very sick’ Julian Assange

Pamela Anderson has claimed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is ‘very sick’ and that he could die in prison.

The Baywatch star, 52, also said that the Australian activist, 48, should be ‘let out’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that he’s in a ‘dire position’. 

Appearing on Thursday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, Pamela revealed she has lost touch with Assange, who she has long defended in the press.  

The Wikileaks founder is wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to expose military secrets a decade ago.

A US grand jury has indicted Assange on 18 charges – 17 of which fall under the Espionage Act – including conspiracy to receive, obtain and disclose classified diplomatic and military documents. 

The charges carry a total of 175 years’ imprisonment.

Pamela said: ‘I was the first person to visit him at Belmarsh Prison, and he’s still there, and he’s very sick.

‘They’re letting a lot of prisoners out because of this COVID situation, they should be letting him out. He’s in a dire position; he could possibly die in prison. I hope not.’

She added: ‘I just wish him the best, but I haven’t… I’ve been in contact with people around him, but no, he knew what he was getting into, he sacrificed a lot to give us true information. He’s a hero to me, and I just hope people feel the same way.’

Earlier this month, Assange’s extradition case was postponed and the hearing is likely to resume on September 7, a court heard.

The Wikileaks founder is wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to expose military secrets a decade ago.

District judge Vanessa Baraitser has ordered the Australian’s case, which had been set for May 18, be moved from Woolwich Crown Court to another court and to resume in September.

‘It’s going to take some negotiation to find a Crown Court that is open in September, in the current climate, and willing and available to take this hearing,’ judge Baraitser said in Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

The new location, which might be outside London, and start date for the remaining three weeks of the hearing will be confirmed in due course.

Judge Baraitser scheduled a callover hearing on June 1 if the Australian was well enough to attend via videolink. He will remain in custody until then.

She said: ‘Last week it became clear the May 18 hearing was at best uncertain and I adjourned the hearing until today for parties to take instructions. A likely start date would be Monday September 7 but I cannot confirm that today.  

‘A crown court will be made available in September but I cannot say which court this will be. It will take some time to impose firm arrangements so the best thing I can suggest is parties will be notified by email this Friday confirming the location and start date.

‘It’s likely to be a crown court in London but it will take some time to negotiate to get an open, not suspended, crown court.

‘We will do our utmost to make sure the defendant can attend. In 28 days unless he is unwell he must appear, as everyone does, over videolink.’

James Lewis, QC, for the US government, said: ‘We do need time for the American prosecutors to come over.

‘We think it is doubtful flights will have resumed earlier than then so we would rather have a September date because it gives more opportunity to have the American prosecutors actually in court.’

A US grand jury has indicted Assange on 18 charges – 17 of which fall under the Espionage Act – including conspiracy to receive, obtain and disclose classified diplomatic and military documents.

The charges carry a total of 175 years’ imprisonment.

Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to avoid onward extradition to the US from Sweden for sexual offence allegations dating back to 2010 which he has always denied.

In November Swedish authorities dropped the rape allegations but he was jailed for 50 weeks last April after breaching his bail conditions when the asylum period granted to him expired. 

Also during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Pamela, an outspoken advocate for animal and human rights, was grilled by host Andy Cohen, 51, with questions from show watchers in a segment called ‘shady sunscreen’. 

The actress appeared via videolink from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and was also joined by Real Housewives Of New York star Ramona Singer from Boca Raton, Florida. 

During the ‘shady sunscreen’ segment, Pamela was asked about her ‘recent, very short marriage’ to Hollywood producer Jon Peters, 74, to which she said: ‘It never happened. I don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re speaking in riddles.’

The actress was also asked about her alleged ‘sex tape’ with ex-husband Tommy Lee, 57, after nude video scenes went viral.

Andy asked: ‘As the star of a celebrity sex tape, what is your favourite sex tape?’ to which Pamela denied: ‘That was not a sex tape. That was a compilation of vacations that we were naked on.’

Pamela also revealed that she has a ‘great’ relationship with her ex, she said: ‘We don’t talk at all. It’s perfect. No, we do… my kids are happy and that’s all that matters. They have a relationship now, and that’s the best part.’ 

The actress and Tommy share son Brandon, 23, and Pamela revealed she was ‘really proud’ of the aspiring star who recently appeared on MTV’s remake of The Hills.

Pamela said that he was a ‘chameleon’ who could do both serious acting and reality TV. 

And things took an even cheekier turn when the star was asked about her sex life, to which the Baywatch star revealed she likes morning sex, chocolate and had no problem with sex on a first date.   

Meanwhile during the show, Ramona denied that she’d leaked news of Dorinda’s breakup with boyfriend John Mahdessian to Page Six, calling it ‘total BS on her part.’

Ramona was also heard on Thursday’s episode of RHONY telling her castmate Sonja Morgan, 56, she needed to lose 10 lbs, but defended her actions, saying that her girlfriends would tell her that when needed.

‘Sonja was in the spa, she could hardly zip up her jeans, you could see the pain in her face,’ Ramona recounted. ‘I said, ”Sonja, maybe you should lose a few pounds.” I mean, if I can’t tell her, who can?’

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