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Tommy Lee Spent Jail Time Writing

Rocker Tommy Lee says he made good use of the four months he spent in jail in 1998.

“I recommend it to everybody, not jail, but a four-month break from everything and everybody,” the former Motley Crue drummer said Wednesday while testifying at a civil trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

While locked up, Lee said he wrote lyrics and music, and sang the tunes into an answering machine at his California home.

Lee was jailed after pleading no contest to kicking his then-estranged wife, Pamela Anderson, several times during a 1998 fight. They have since divorced.

His testimony Wednesday was in defense of allegations he took the name of his new band, “Methods of Mayhem,” from a CD of the same name featuring sound effects.