Canadian police are hoping to investigate Pamela Anderson's recent allegations of childhood rape.

The Baywatch star revealed at the Cannes Film Festival she was sexually abused and gang raped while growing up on Vancoyver Island.

Now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are keen to meet the actress to probe the matter further.

"We are aware of the recent statements made by Ms Anderson," an RCMP spokesperson said.

"Given the nature of the allegations, an investigator is in the process of reaching out to Ms Anderson to discuss this matter with her directly."

At the launch of the Pamela Anderson Foundation – an animal rights charity - she told guests at the French Riviera event her "affinity with animals saved" her from the trauma of her sexual abuse.

She said: "I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age 6 to 10 by my female babysitter.

"I went to a friend's boyfriend's house, and while she was busy, the boyfriend's older brother decided he would teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape — my first heterosexual experience.

"He was 25 years old, I was 12."

Later, she said in her mid-teens her "first boyfriend in Grade 9 decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six of his friends".

Anderson's mother Carol told The Sun that, after her daughter's revelations, she was "numb over it all".

"I sat there with my mouth open when I found out. My husband Barry and I always felt we were there all the time for the kids so it's just terrible to hear this now."