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    Townshend walks out of interview
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    The Who release are to release their first new album in 24 years
    Who guitarist Pete Townshend stormed out of an interview when US DJ Howard Stern mentioned his 2003 police caution for accessing a paedophile website.

    Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey were waiting for the interview to begin when Stern's co-host began to talk about the "child pornography stuff".

    The guitarist walked out, leaving his band-mate to complete the interview.

    Stern later said he was "very sorry". Townshend left a reply on his website, saying: "Howard, let's have lunch".

    The rock star was questioned by police in 2003 as part of the Operation Ore investigation into accessing child porn on the internet.

    Townshend admitted using his credit card to look at a paedophile website for research into child abuse, but he denied being a paedophile.

    He received a police caution, and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

    However, he was cleared of possessing indecent pictures downloaded from the internet.

    'Dirty underpants'

    Wednesday's interview, on "shock jock" Howard Stern's satellite radio show, was supposed to promote The Who's new album, Endless Wire, which is released next week.

    It is the first album the legendary rockers have recorded together since 1982's It's Hard, which topped the UK charts.

    Stern's co-host Robin Quivers, claimed on air that Townshend would have walked out even "if we didn't bring that up. He's a real testy guy".

    Daltrey leapt to his band-mate's defence, accusing Stern of "sniffing dirty underpants".

    "Can you imagine you're accused of this stuff and then you're found not guilty? If you had to defend yourself through this stuff?

    "The wounds are so deep on the man, and it's just tragic because he's got so much to offer."

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    I didn't hear the lead up to, or the interview, but heard the aftermath. Not the first time someone has walked out, and won't be the last.

    Pete's used to having his ass kissed...

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    Whatever, who uses their own credit card (esp if you're famous) to access these sites for "research." Maybe he is innocent but it sure sounds fishy. Here's a thought, if you don't want to defend your actions all of the time, try not doing anything that you'll have to defend.

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    Why is Pedophile spelled with an "A?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnieD View Post

    Pete's used to having his ass kissed...
    Yep; too bad so sad ... pervert!

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    Howard just wanted to know what everyone else in the world wants to know......

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    I kind of feel bad for the guy. He was abused as a child, he has some obvious issues with it, but I do think his intentions were pure since he wasn't pressed with any charges and I think if he was a pedophile and planned on using the website for his perverse self he would have downloaded at least some images by the time he was caught. It doesn't make sense -- which is probably why he was cleared.

    I can see how he'd be upset about being asked about it (who the hell wants to be accused of pedophilia?) but at the same time it probably would have been good for him to clear the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    Why is Pedophile spelled with an "A?"
    That is how the British spell it. It's the same thing with encyclopaedia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnieD View Post
    Howard just wanted to know what everyone else in the world wants to know......
    And at least he has the balls to come out and ask a guy about what everyone wants to know instead of pussyfooting around and acting like we're supposed to forget that this is the biggest story that's gone on with the dude lately. Actually, it was Robin who brought it up while Pete was in the green room waiting to come on. They were pondering what happened with that situation since he had been acquitted...like what all he had to agree to when that whole deal was settled. Howard just said something like, "well, I guess we can just ask him in a few minutes when we have him in here" and the next thing they knew, the guy had split!

    Today they were talking about how ironic it is that this is a big story everywhere in the media now specifically because he walked out and how if he'd just come in and talked about it that it would have been no big deal, over and done with in about 3 minutes and not being talked about everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daphne View Post
    That is how the British spell it. It's the same thing with encyclopaedia.
    I forgot to answer that and was just going to say that; or color and colour and grey and gray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bite me spidey View Post
    I kind of feel bad for the guy. He was abused as a child, he has some obvious issues with it, but I do think his intentions were pure since he wasn't pressed with any charges and I think if he was a pedophile and planned on using the website for his perverse self he would have downloaded at least some images by the time he was caught. It doesn't make sense -- which is probably why he was cleared.

    I can see how he'd be upset about being asked about it (who the hell wants to be accused of pedophilia?) but at the same time it probably would have been good for him to clear the air.
    What happened to him as a kid? That always breaks my heart to hear but somehow you hope these kids will grow up and be better adults than their parents/teachers/whomever harmed them.

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    I've looked at all kinds of sites because I am a curious person, and because I have researched and written stories on many subjects that I personally have no interest in. Does that make me a pedophile or sex freak? It would by the standards that Townshend is being judged.

    For example, a journalist friend of mine is researching a story on pedophilia and has been to the site of one of her interview subjects, who is a pedophile. I guess that makes her a pedophile and a criminal in some people's eyes.

    These things can be carried WAY too far.

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    I don't think Townshend is a pedophile, but he would have served his purposes better if he had addressed the issue honestly, instead of getting pissed and walking out. Now people are once again talking about an incident that had been pretty much forgotten, and some might say he has put himself under an "umbrella of suspicion" again.

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    u do the crime; you do the time Petey

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    Well, since he wasn't convicted of anything and the charges were dropped, what "crime" did he commit?

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