Pete Townshend Speaks On Child Porn Investigation

The Who's Pete Townshend has opened up more about the 2003 investigation into his purchase of child pornography. Speaking with The Times, the rocker says that incident was a flawed attempt at exposing the sources of child porn in Russia.

"[I had] white knight syndrome, an attempt to be seen to be the one that's helping. I had experienced something creepy as a child, 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," he told the news source.

Townshend, who founded the Double O charity for sexual assault victims, was investigated and placed on a sex offenders list. He says in retrospect it was a terrible idea:

"What I did was insane. There was no sense of 'truth will out.' I've had the misfortune to read online comments where I've been judged as a pedophile because I've got a big nose," he adds.

Townshend's memoir Who I Am, is due October 11.

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