Pamela Anderson claimed that “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen once sexually assaulted her on the set of the long-running hit television show, an explosive claim that he vehemently denied.
Anderson’s upcoming book, “Love, Pamela,” recounts a day in 1991 when she was 23 and working on the new ABC show, which went on to become one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s.
“I walked out of my dressing room on the first day of filming, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He quickly opened his robe and flashed me naked underneath. He justified it by saying it was only fair because he had seen me naked. We’re now on equal footing. “I laughed uncomfortably,” an excerpt from “Love, Pamela” reported by Variety.
Anderson was named Playmate of the Month by Playboy magazine in February 1990. Her new book will be available on January 31.
A representative for Anderson declined to comment to NBC News on Monday, citing a statement the model and actor issued to Vanity Fair about her interactions with Allen.
“This true story is just one of many surreal and uncomfortable situations I learned to navigate,” Anderson said in a statement. “My book goes into how it made me feel over the course of my life and, in this case, my career. I have no grudge against Tim. But, like everything else, it should never have happened.”
Allen, 37 at the time of the alleged incident, denied the accusation in a statement to NBC News on Monday.
“No, it didn’t happen. “I would never do such a thing,” Allen said in his statement.
In the “Home Improvement” spin-off “Tool Time,” Anderson played Allen’s on-screen assistant, Lisa.
She appeared in 23 episodes of “Home Improvement,” almost all of which aired in seasons one and two. Anderson then started work on another notable show, “Baywatch.”
Anderson joined the hit lifeguard drama in season three and went on to become its most well-known talent.