Parry Aftab of WiredPatrol.org and Blender Editor in Chief Andy Pemberton were on CNN’s Talkback Live on Monday to discuss the child porn scandal surrounding The Who guitarist Pete Townshend. “Well, first of all, I certainly hope that’s true,” Pemberton commented. “I certainly hope that’s the case. But, obviously, the news that we heard that he’s been arrested in the music industry, particularly, we were totally shocked. Somebody like Mick Jagger said, I think, this is the last sort of person you’d assume to be arrested for this. The thing about Pete Townshend is, he’s a very, very clever man. He’s a very intelligent man. He’s enormously gifted. And this sort of shadow of incest has sort of raised its head in this song, particularly, on ‘Tommy.’ And also, in on his own Web site, I think, a year ago, he wrote sort of briefly and a little obliquely about the issue of child abuse. So, it has cropped up in his work. It’s very possible that he was abused as a child. But, obviously, I couldn’t say for sure.” Read more.
Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com re-posted the message The Who guitarist Pete Townshend left on his official website regarding pedophilia, which he has since removed. Townshend wrote, “The world of which I speak is that of the abusive pedophile. The window of ‘freedom’ of entry to that world is of course the Internet. There is hardly a man I know who uses computers who will not admit to surfing casually sometimes to find pornography. I have done it. Certainly, one expects only to find what is available on the top shelf at the news agents.” Read more.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has been released on bail by police after he admitted viewing images of child pornography on the internet. His solicitor John Cohen said officers had interviewed Mr Townshend for one hour and twenty minutes at Twickenham station, south-west London. Read more.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has been arrested on suspicion of possessing, making and of incitement to distribute indecent images of children. He is currently in custody at a south-west London police station.
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey tells The Sun that he believes bandmate Pete Townshend is innocent of being a child perv. “Pete was very angry about how easy it was to get hold of child pornography on the internet,” he said. “I believe his innocence will be proven. My gut instinct is that he is not a pedophile and I know him better than most. If he was a Gary Glitter I’d tell you and I’d say he deserves everything he gets. Pete has perhaps been a little naive the way he has gone about it, but I believe his intentions are good.” The full interview at thesun.co.uk has since been removed.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend tells The Sun he wants cops to come into his home and check his computer for child porn. “I am not making any excuses,” Townshend said. “I am angry about child porn on the internet, and deeply wounded at the inference that I might be a pedophile. I have looked at child porn sites maybe three or four times in all, the front pages and previews. But I have only entered once using a credit card and I have never downloaded. With hindsight it was very foolish but I felt so angered about what was going on it blurred my judgment.”
Mark Stephens, a lawyer with Finers Stephens Innocent who founded the Internet Watch Foundation, says there is no excuse for The Who guitarist Pete Townshend’s paying for internet child porn. “It is OK to lobby. There are many high-profile individuals who fight against child pornography,” Stephens told the Sunday Mail. “But it is wrong-headed, misguided and illegal to look at or download or even to pay to download pedophiliac material and if you do so, you are likely to go to prison. Pete Townshend has admitted a criminal offense and if this goes to mitigation and it’s a matter for a court to accept if he was merely doing research or something worse.”
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend issued a statement in regards to his admission of paying to download child porn from the internet:
I am not a paedophile. I have never entered chat rooms on the internet to converse with children. I have, to the contrary, been shocked, angry and vocal (especially on my website) about the explosion of advertised paedophilic images on the internet.
Pete Townshend has issued a public statement denying being a pedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist and song-writer did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it. He told reporters on Saturday that he told police what he was doing. He said, “I am not a pedophile. I think pedophilia is appalling. To fight against pedophilia, you have to know what’s out there. I have been involved in a campaign against pedophilia on the internet but it fizzled out.” Read more.
Pete Townshend, lead guitarist of The Who, reviewed Kurt Cobain’s ‘Diaries’, likely because he is called out by Kurt in the book. “I hope I die before I become Pete Townshend,” Kurt wrote. Pete said, “Why? Because I had become a bore? Because I had failed to die young? Because I had become conventional? Or, simply because I had become old? In fact, in 1993, by the time Kurt was struggling with himself over whether or not to do an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, I was not boring, neither old nor young, and I was not dead. I was, unlike Kurt Cobain, hardened. Tempered, beaten and subjugated by all that rock had delivered to me and via me over the past thirty years. Rock is, I think, particularly hard. And in this statement Cobain appears to be hard on me. But perhaps he is sad for me?”
He later opined, “It is terrible that someone so obviously sick, so mentally deranged, so angry and unstable, should not have been helped further and beyond his wonderful work with his band. It might be that those around him will maintain that these scribblings were private, and that at other times he kept such strange outpourings to himself.” Read more.