Almost a decade later, Pete Townshend has spoken publicly about his child pornography scandal. Back in 2003, the Who guitarist was found to have paid for access to a child pornography site, leading to five years as a registered sex offender. In a new interview with the Times, Townshend claims that he used the site in an attempt to expose a child abuse scandal in Russian orphanages.
“I had experienced something creepy as a child,” said Townshend. “So you imagine: what if I was a girl of nine or 10 and my uncle had raped me every week? I felt I had an understanding and I could help.” Townshend, who founded Double O, a charity against sexual abuse, continued, “What I did was insane, because there was no sense of ‘truth will out.’ I’ve had the misfortune to read online comments where I’ve been judged as a paedophile because I’ve got a big nose.” This news comes just weeks before the October 11 release of Townshend’s memoir, Who I Am. [NME]