Chrissie Hynde describes criticism of rape comments as ‘almost like a lynch mob’

Pretenders singer recently appeared to blame sexual assault victims for 'putting it about and being provocative'

Chrissie Hynde has again defended recent controversial remarks she made about victims of sexual abuse, describing the negative response she has received as “almost like a lynch mob”.

The Pretenders singer came under fire earlier this year after seeming to suggest that it is a rape victim’s fault if they are attacked after “putting it about and being provocative”, later describing her views as “common sense”.

In her new book Reckless: My Life As A Pretender, Hynde also recalled being raped by a motorcycle gang at the age of 21, suggesting that she was partly to blame for the attack.

Now, speaking to NPR, Hynde appeared defensive about the comments when the subject was broached by journalist David Greene.

Hynde said: “I don’t understand why there’s — You know what, I don’t care what a lot of people want. You know? I’d rather say, just don’t buy the fucking book, then, if I’ve offended someone. Don’t listen to my records”

She continued: “I’m only telling you my story, I’m not here trying to advise anyone or tell anyone what to do or tell anyone what to think, and I’m not here as a spokesperson for anyone. I’m just telling my story. So the fact that I’ve been — you know, it’s almost like a lynch mob.”

Hynde recently criticised modern day pop stars that “call themselves feminists” despite what she sees as contradictory actions. “Well, to me it’s pornographic,” she told ABC News.

“When you’re in your underwear and you’re bumping and grinding and singing your song. I’m not trying to criticise other women. I’m saying if you’re selling sex then don’t say you’re a feminist on behalf of music because I think little girls get very confused by that.”