Jail Good for Tommy Lee

04/02/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Bad-boy rocker Tommy Lee, 38, appeared as a witness in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday, defending himself against charges that he plagiarized the name of his new band, Methods of Madness, from a Swedish company that produces sound-effects CDs. The former Motley Crue drummer also managed to explain on the stand how he spent his four months behind bars after he pleaded no contest to kicking his then-estranged (now-divorced) wife, Pamela Anderson, several times during a 1998 fight. "I recommend it to everybody, not jail, but a four-month break from everything and everybody," said Lee, who explained that he wrote lyrics and music, and sang the tunes into an answering machine at his California home.

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