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Old 01-12-2003, 07:38 AM   #1
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Pete, I sure hope this ain't as bad as it looks...

But I'm not holding my breath.

Pete Townshend in child pornography storm

Who legend Pete Townshend is at the centre of a child pornography storm today (January 11) after a UK newspaper claimed an unnamed UK rock star was being investigated by police dealing with Internet child porn.

The star has admitted paying to view a child pornography site on the Internet but said he did so "just to see what was there". He said he had been in touch with Scotland Yard to tell them he had studied the site as part of a campaign he was mounting against downloading child pornography from the Net.

A report in today's edition of the Daily Mail said details of an internationally-famous musician had been passed to police investigating an American pay-per-view porn ring. The 57-year-old guitarist issued a statement from his Richmond home saying he thought paedophilia was "appalling."

He emphasised his "anger and vengeance towards the mentally ill people who find paedophilic pornography attractive. I am not a paedophile. I think paedophilia is appalling," he added.

"To fight against paedophilia, you have to know what's out there," Townshend said. "I have been involved in a campaign against paedophilia on the internet but it fizzled out."

The star also said the investigation was prompted by a damaged childhood.

"I think I may have been sexually abused as a child and I was doing research into it. I've been writing my life story and the research is for a book," he said.

"I was worried this might happen and I think this could be the most damaging thing to my career."

Scotland Yard have refused to comment. "We can't confirm that we are investigating a British rock star. We don't discuss individuals," they said.


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Old 01-12-2003, 03:26 PM   #2
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crazy. I almost believe him though.

Who knows. Who cares.
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Old 01-12-2003, 03:28 PM   #3
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I hope it's not true.
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me too.
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The British press can have issues with accuracy at times.

I doubt that it's what it seems here. He's a weird guy, but he's not that weird.
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I guess The Kids really were Alright... Pete Townshend arrested on Child Porn charges

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Pete Townshend Arrested... CNN.com
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OUCH I'm so sorry to hear that.

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I heard he's been arrested and had his house searched.
I hope I get a chance to buy his guitars at auction after they get confiscated.
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Man this is weird and confusing...I hope they get everything straightened out.
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i truly feel sorry for him. he must feel like complete shit right now. probably one of the worst feelings in the world.

hes also in denial. a guy who says hes one man group to tackle on the child porn industry without telling anyone AND pay money to view such material and says its for educational purposes is a liar.
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Maybe he formed a covert anti-lolita group. They hide in the hills of Pakistan and call themselves Al-Pedoass.
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good point swallow, you might want to bring that forward to scotland yard.
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