The Real Story Behind Tommy Lee’s Swastika Tattoo Which He Erased To Avoid Criminal Charges

Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is widely known for his heavily tattooed body, however, the charismatic rock star once got into trouble because of one of his tattoos which was a swastika after being faced with a lawsuit because of an attack on a Jewish photographer.

As some of you might remember, Tommy Lee had an unpleasant incident when he allegedly roughed up a Jewish paparazzi cameraman outside a nightclub in Los Angeles back in 1998. The legendary drummer faced a lawsuit mainly because of his Nazi swastika tattoo on his arm.

However, Tommy Lee decided to get rid of his swastika tattoo before the trial, and furthermore, his tattoo wasn’t the most recognizable modern use of the symbol which is an adoption of Nazis, it was actually a left-facing swastika which is often used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions.

Mötley Crüe drummer was asked about the no-longer-existing tattoo which created plenty of problems for the musician, during an interview a decade ago, and apparently, Tommy Lee was quite offended by people who thought he’s a Nazi while he only got the swastika tattoo as a Buddhist peace symbol.

Here is what the interviewer said:

“You got a lot of flak for wearing a tattoo of a swastika once, but I just want to set the record straight: the swastika symbol has nothing to do with the Nazis. It is actually a Hindu symbol that Hitler altered and adopted as his own.”

Here is what Tommy Lee said:

“Thank you! Hell, no! As a matter of fact, it’s a Buddhist peace symbol. I got so much flak I just covered it up. Lots of ignorant people out there. It’s a fucking swastika, but if you flip the symbol around it looks like a Nazi symbol. I just said fuck it, and I covered it. But I’m definitely not a Nazi. No fucking way.”

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