Tommy Lee Accused Of Violating Probation By Drinking

Former Mötley Crüe drummer was cleared of similar charges in March 1999.

LOS ANGELES — The district attorney's office in Malibu is investigating new allegations that rocker Tommy Lee violated probation by drinking alcohol, according to prosecutor Kathy Solorzano.

The Methods of Mayhem frontman and former Mötley Crüe drummer faces up to four years in jail if found guilty. He was forbidden from drinking alcohol as part of his 1998 conviction on a felony spousal-abuse charge for assaulting his then-wife, actress Pamela Anderson.

The allegations will be investigated between now and his next court date in the Malibu division of Los Angeles Superior Court on May 31. Solorzano would not provide details on how the charges came to the court's attention but said she will interview a witness before the next hearing.

Judge Lawrence Mira already cleared the 37-year-old Lee (born Thomas Lee Bass) of similar charges in March 1999, ruling that there was not enough evidence. Those allegations stemmed from news reports that Lee had been seen drinking in two states. Mira advised the rock star to stay away from nightclubs.

Mira was to receive a progress report Monday (May 8) on Lee, but the case was put over per Solorzano's request.

Lee's attorney could not be reached at press time. Methods of Mayhem's MCA publicist had no comment.

Lee served four months of a six-month sentence in Los Angeles County Jail after pleading no contest to the spousal-abuse charges in May 1998. The couple divorced but have since reconciled.

The rocker has yet to complete the 450 hours of community service included in his sentence, according to Sandi Gibbons, a spokesperson for the district attorney. He has a year left on his probation.

Last month, Lee pleaded no contest to simple assault charges in Guilford County, N.C., where he was accused of hurling racial slurs at an African-American security guard and encouraging fans to assault the man. Lee's sentence included 18 months of unsupervised probation and $161 in fines and court costs.

Lee announced his departure from glam-metal band Mötley Crüe in April 1999. In December, Methods of Mayhem — which also features rapper Ti-Lo — released their star-studded debut, which includes the single "Get Naked" (RealAudio excerpt).