The Who star in radio bust-up

Pete Townshend storms out of interview after child porn jibe

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has walked out of a US radio interview after comments were made about his previous caution for accessing child porn on the internet.

Singer Roger Daltrey and Townshend were about to conduct an interview with shock jock Howard Stern when his co-host started talking about the incident.

The guitarist, who was questioned by police in 2003 after he admitted accessing child porn on the web, stormed out of the interview and left Daltrey to carry on alone.

Stern later apologised for the jibe and Townshend responded on his website with an invitation to lunch, reports BBC News.

Daltrey also defended his bandmate, before adding: “Can you imagine if 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.”

Townshend was cautioned and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years after he admitted using his credit card to look at a paedophile website for research into child abuse.

He was cleared on a separate charge of possessing indecent pictures downloaded from the web.