After retired rocker Tommy Lee announced Tuesday that his son had attacked him, 21-year-old Brandon Lee is saying that any altercation was due to his father’s alcohol issues.
“I’m devastated at the events of the last several days that have been a result of my father’s alcoholism,” Brandon Lee, son of the Mötley Crüe drummer and Pamela Anderson, said in a statement to People and USA Today late Wednesday.
“I’ve worked tirelessly organizing an intervention,” he continued, “and it’s incredibly upsetting that it never came to fruition. 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, 55, in turn responded on Twitter, writing, “LMAAAO!!!! I’m happier than I’ve been in my entire life. I have a few drinks here & there because I’m [expletive] retired and enjoying my life. I worked 30+ [expletive] years I deserve it. You didn’t arrange any intervention, you barely spoke to me while u were here. Just coverin ur [expletive]!!”
TMZ.com reported Tuesday that Lee had posted an Instagram image, since deleted, of himself with a badly swollen lip, captioned, “My heart is broken. 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!”
TheBlast.com subsequently said a Los Angeles County Fire Department official confirmed that responders had arrived at Tommy Lee’s home in upscale Calabasas, California, around 10:49 p.m. Monday after being called by the county sheriff’s office because of an injury on the scene.
“My fiancé [sic] and I were in bed when my son busted into the room and assaulted me,” Lee tweeted after those reports, referring to former Vine star Brittany Furlan. “I asked him to leave the house and he knocked me unconscious. He ran away from the police. THAT’S the truth.”
TheBlast.com said that according to the Sheriff’s Department, an investigation was underway and that Brandon Lee’s attorney said his client would cooperate. The younger Lee had left the scene by the time detectives arrived, the site said.