Townshend Thanks Daughter For Support Through Child Porn Scandal

THE WHO rocker PETE TOWNSHEND has credited his daughter EMMA for helping him through his devastating 2003 arrest for using a credit card to access a website that allegedly advertised child pornography.
The My Generation hitmaker has paid tribute to the 40 year old, who is a gardening writer, in a newspaper column for Britain's The Times.
Townshend claims his daughter's unwavering support helped him stay strong while police completed an investigation.
He writes, "Even as a kid she seemed to grasp situations very quickly and know how to deal with them. She always knows the right things to say. When I got arrested in 2003 on the child-pornography charge, she was certainly one of the first people I turned to. I trusted her. She said: 'Tell the truth. Tell them you're doing research.'
"Emma and the rest of my family knew about the work I'd been doing. The press knew about the work I'd been doing, various charities knew, the Internet Watch Foundation knew... I'd become a dinner-party bore on Internet porn, and that included the intolerable idea of images of child abuse.
"I know it was tough for Emma. No daughter wants to watch her father go through that. But she was able to help me get through what was a f**king dreadful period of my life. Like I said at the time, if I'd had a gun, I think I would have shot myself.
"Emma's help wasn't just about her being my daughter. It wasn't just about family loyalty. Emma has this thing, this almost polymathic ability to shift her attention onto what really matters."
In a comment piece accompanying her father's tribute, Emma admits she could see Townshend was "struggling," adding, "Dads aren't supposed to struggle, are they? Dads are supposed to be invulnerable. Like Superman.
"To see him like that - to see him so fragile - made me very sad. The press were door-stepping me at the time and asking me how I felt, but, you know what? The thing that really stuck in my head that week was the death of (Bee Gees star) Maurice Gibb. I knew some people from that family and I just thought: 'How awful! Your father goes into hospital for a routine operation and you never see him again.' No matter what we were going though, I was just thankful that Dad was still alive and healthy."


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What a qute story. Seems like Pete's PR machine is cranking up again. Has he no conscience in bringing his daughter into his child porn foray? Even she can't belay the fact that he's a sex offender. Pete will always be rememebered for his interest in kiddie porn and his life's accomplishment in becoming a registered sex offender. Once a sex offender, always a sex offender.
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Here's a more relevant article:'Pete Townshend’s Spin Doctors'www.butlerreport.com/Opinion/BREd_Townshend_NFL_spin.htmlRead this and you'll understand why he's dragging his daughter into his child porn problems.What a dirtbag.
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So Pete calls all these children's charities to tell them he is viewing kiddie-porn, and they fail to tell him about the suffering caused by people who financially support the industry? People like him. What kind of "children's charities" are these?He makes a call to the police and they fail to tell him that paying for kiddie - porn is illegal? "Sure...go ahead Pete... knock yourself out."I think not. His attempts to gain sympathy for himself are sickening.
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I believe Pete. And even if I am wrong, I still love the guy. You can't wipe out over 40 years of amazing music, and the joy that it has brought millions of people like myself. Those who would condemn him don't know him or anything about the situation. Not to mention all the charities he has set up and the money and time he has given to them, and all the people (including abused children) who have been helped. What have you done to change the world lately?
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A computer forensic investigation of the 14 computers removed from Townshend's residence revealed NO DOWNLOADED IMAGES of child porn. Townshend was cleared by the authorities in Operation Iron Ore. Furthermore, Townshend has stated that he was sexually abused as a child. He has dealt with child sex abuse in his creative work for more than 40 years, in an attempt to exercise the trauma he suffered. Please take your time and energy and channel it towards REAL PREDATORS.
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I believe Pete. For all those who would condemn him, I don't think you know anything about it. And would you forget all the good Pete has done with various charities, some of which he created? And all the people he has touched with his music? He has enriched my life and so many millions more. What have you done for the world lately?
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It is not your calling to want to end your own life. Your daughter is smarter than you.
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I would suspect this scandal is because the WHO is to entertain at this year's Super Bowl. The WHO's song "We Won't Get Fooled Again" rattles the feathers of the PTB (Powers that be), today, as it did when it first came out. I have know doubt that these charges are false.
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Evin Daly (one of the people against Pete) wrote an article about sex, which is most "interesting." Google: Evin Daly Men Sex PornI always have to know who the watchers are and this guy is the real weirdo!
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Can you borderline illiterate losers get a life and stop stalking and impersonating me?You got your attention, the Who are still playing the Super Bowl, Fat Arse Daly's Porn article is incredible skanky and sleazy and you have to accept reality.How about going to Haiti and helping the orphan relief effort instead of being a catty no name low life? Or do you not actually care about children's welfare? Figure it out for yourselves and get a life.- Amanda Whelan aka Super Amanda
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