Langham Was 'Demonised' By Police And Media, Claims Father
British actor CHRIS LANGHAM was "demonised" by police and the media who created a "lynch-mob mentality" over his child pornography charges, according to his father MICHAEL. In the wake of his son's release from prison last Wednesday (14Nov07), Michael Langham has come forth in anger, accusing police and lawyers of becoming caught up with a witch-hunting fervour that lead to them throwing his son - who has since won an appeal against his 10-month sentence for downloading indecent images of children from the internet - "to the wolves". Langham's father also accuses the police of "zestfully chasing headlines" to "cover up their shocking inability to arrest any of the actual dealers in paedophile images who... represent the real evil." He adds, "It started some two years ago, immediately after his arrest. "The arresting officer laid out her stall. No, he couldn't get away with a caution; a role model like him had to face the full force of the law. "Such an approach would obviously attract more publicity - bad news for him, good news for the police. Chris was instantly labelled 'paedophile' and 'child abuser' as if they were facts, not merely allegations. "These words, provoking far more public outrage than any others, including 'terrorist' were drip-fed by the police to the media." On his son's crime, he says, "(He) knew the law but choosing not to think about it, he proceeded to perform an act of monumental stupidity. He'd broken the law, and they caught him. And he is now paying a mighty price. So is his family."