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Chrissie Hynde Talks 'Lynch Mob' Reaction To Rape Controversy

10/08/2015
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(Classic Rock) Chrissie Hynde says the backlash from her sexual assault comments is like being the victim of a lynch mob. The Pretenders frontwoman encountered controversy in August when she discussed her opinions on the subject, after writing about her own experience of being attacked by a biker gang when she was 21.

Referring to the passage in her autobiography Reckless, Hynde said she took responsibility for the incident, adding: "If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk, who else's fault can it be?"

That led to a flood of negative comments, including rape victim Jackie Fox, formerly of the Runaways, who said: "This is just telling people who've gone through this experience, 'You're right, it is your fault.'"

Now Hynde tells NPR: "I'm not going to describe it because I've written about it in the book. But what I can say is, I never said I was raped. I've never used the word and it's not in the book."

She adds: "I'm just telling my story. You know, it's almost like a lynch mob. I'd rather say, 'Just don't buy the f***ing book, if I've offended someone. Don't listen to my records.'

"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 spokesman for anyone." Read more here.

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