Tommy Lee’s Son Claims Brawl Started Over Father’s Drinking

By Keri Blakinger 03/12/18

"I love my father and just want to see him sober, happy and healthy,” Brandon Lee said in a statement.

Tommy and Brandon Lee
Tommy and Brandon Lee Photo via YouTube

The son of rocker Tommy Lee is blaming his father’s boozy behavior for last Monday night's highly publicized melee—but the Mötley Crüe musician is still moving forward with charges against his 21-year-old offspring. 

The rock star ended up in the hospital last Monday after his son Brandon allegedly punched him in the face at the celeb’s Calabasas home, according to People.  

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials showed up on the scene, but the father and son have offered conflicting narratives as to what, exactly, led to Tommy Lee’s bloody lip.

Initial reports indicated that the scuffle began after Brandon spotted some of his father’s tweets about his mother, who’d just spoken to Piers Morgan about alleged abuse during her marriage to Lee.

At first, Tommy posted a shot of his swollen lip on Instagram. “My heart is broken,” he wrote. “You can give your kids everything they could ever want in their entire lives and they can still turn against you. Good job Brandon. Great son!”

Then, he deleted his post and took to Twitter to air his grievances.

“My fiancée and I were in bed when my son busted into the room and assaulted me,” the 55-year-old musician tweeted. “I asked him to leave the house and he knocked me unconscious. He ran away from the police. THAT’S the truth.” 

Through his rep, Brandon Lee fought back with a statement to media, alleging that he was living at home with his dad to help him beat his drinking problem—and that his father had been drinking before the brawl broke out.

“I’ve worked tirelessly organizing an intervention and it’s incredibly upsetting that it never came to fruition,” he told People, through a rep. “I wanted my dad’s hopeful sobriety and recovery to be a private family matter but, as a result of his accusations on social media, I feel forced to speak out. I have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as needed. I love my father and just want to see him sober, happy and healthy.”

Tommy Lee lashed back with a response on Twitter, saying he’s happier than he’s ever been and only enjoys a “few drinks here & there because I’m fuckin’ retired.” 

“You didn’t arrange any intervention,” he continued, “you barely spoke to me while u were here. Just coverin ur ass!!”

Pamela Anderson, Brandon’s mother, also waded into the fray with an online post of her own.

“Him blaming his son or us for anything is delusional,” she wrote on her website in a long-style poem post on Thursday titled “Alcoholism is the Devil.” 

“We have all tried to protect him and help him for too long. Hoping he’d look after himself better. I do not like to comment about this. But feel like it’s necessary because of Tommy’s ‘Trump style’ no thought out rampage on twitter and IG? This matter is ideally between just a father and a son—And rehab if the stars align. I will never talk to Tommy again before he is sober and in his right mind.”

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.