The Who rocker Pete Townshend was so distraught when he was branded a pedophile following his 2003 arrest he contemplated suicide.
The star was investigated by police after he used a credit card to access a website that allegedly advertised child pornography.
Townshend decided not to fight the charges against him and accepted a police caution, although he is adamant he only searched the site as part of research into the horrors of the child porn industry.
He has now written about the turbulent time following his arrest in his new book, Who I Am, revealing he sank so low, he considered taking his own life.
Townshend writes, “If I had a gun I would have shot myself. It really did feel like a lynching.”
In an interview with Britain’s The Times newspaper, he says, “What I did was insane… (I didn’t speak out to defend myself) because there was no sense of ‘the truth will out’. I’ve had the misfortune to read online comments where I’m judged as a pedophile because I’ve got a big nose.”
He also reveals he wanted to help victims of child porn because of his own experiences, adding, “It’s White Knight Syndrome. You want to be the one that’s seen to be helping…. I had experienced something creepy as a child, so you imagine, what if I was a girl of nine or 10 and my uncle had raped me every week? I felt I had an understanding, and I could help.”
Britain’s Prince Harry has dropped a formal complaint against editors at a U.K. newspaper for publishing naked photos during a Las Vegas holiday.
The third-in-line to the throne made headlines around the world in August when he was pictured cavorting nude with a girl in his luxury hotel suite in Sin City.
The Sun was the only U.K. newspaper to ignore advice from the country’s media watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), not to run the shots, and the images were printed in the tabloid days after they surfaced online.
The bold move prompted the Prince, who has since begun active military service on the frontline in Afghanistan, to file a formal complaint with the PCC, but he has now chosen to drop the case.
A spokesperson for royal residence St James’s Palace says, “We remain of the opinion that a hotel room is a private space where its occupants would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Prince Harry is currently focused entirely on his deployment in Afghanistan, so to pursue a complaint relating to his private life would not be appropriate at this time and would prove to be a distraction.”
Prince Harry isn’t the only member of the royal family to suffer a naked photo embarrassment – his sister-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was captured sunbathing topless in early September during a short vacation in Provence, France.
She and her husband Prince William filed a breach of privacy lawsuit against the owners of Closer, the French magazine which first printed the images, and won an injunction against them barring further publication of the snaps, which have since run in several other European publications.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s reunion will likely be short lived, an insider tells RadarOnline.com. Close friends of the Twilight stars allegedly believe they will split again soon because Pattinson will be unable to get over Stewart’s fling with director Rupert Sanders.
“Kristen and Rob’s friends absolutely don’t believe that this reconciliation is going to last,” the source tells Radar. “Rob believes that Kristen didn’t sleep with Rupert Sanders, but the fact is, she still cheated on him.”
“Kristen loves Rob, no question about it, but she just isn’t as mature as he is. Rob’s buddies would be stunned if the couple goes the distance,” the source adds.
Stewart, 22, and Pattinson, 26, reportedly had a “dramatic makeup” earlier this month. Stewart is also said to have moved back into the L.A. home they shared before her cheating confession in July. They will soon begin promoting the final Twilight installment, Breaking Dawn Part 2. The film is set to hit theaters on November 16.
Actress Amanda Bynes has pleaded not guilty to two counts of hit-and-run.
The Hairspray star was charged with both misdemeanors in Los Angeles earlier this month after allegedly colliding with a police car in April and a second vehicle in August, leaving the scene of the crime each time.
On Thursday, her attorney entered the pleas on behalf of her client in California.
Bynes is due back in court on October 19 and faces up to a year behind bars if convicted, according to TMZ.com.
The 26-year-old still faces two counts of driving with a suspended license and one count of driving under the influence. She is due to stand trial on those three charges on October 29.
Following up a record-breaking run in theaters to kick of the summer, Joss Whedon’s smash hit “TheAvengers” reaches the home market this week with expectations of being the top selling DVD and Blu-ray of the entire year.
The little girl who dubbed herself Mrs. Justin Bieber after a Valentine’s Day meeting with her pop idol has lost her battle with cancer.
Six-year-old Avalanna Routh died from a rare form of brain cancer on Wednesday morning.
Her parents took to Twitter.com to announce the sad news, writing, “Our darling Avalanna went to Heaven this morning.
“Oh Avalanna, the brightest star – you took our hearts with you, our greatest Love.”
Routh hit the headlines in February when Bieber surprised her with a date in New York and staged a mock wedding.
He later tweeted, “That was one of the best things I have ever done. She was awesome!”
Bieber and Routh reunited in June for a U.S. TV interview.
Upon hearing the news of his tragic friend’s death on Wednesday, Bieber wrote, “just got the worst news ever. one of the greatest spirits i have ever known is gone. please pray for her family and for her… RIP Avalanna. i love you.
“Please show respect to her and her family… i miss her.”
Tributes have begun pouring in for veteran crooner Andy Williams following his death on Tuesday at the age of 84.
The Moon River singer passed away at his home in Branson, Missouri following a year-long battle with bladder cancer, prompting an outpouring of messages on Twitter.com.
British singer and namesake Robbie Williams led the tributes by writing, “God bless Andy Williams”, while country star Reba McEntire adds, “So sad to hear the news of Andy Williams’ passing this morning. His brother, Don, was my manager in the 80’s. My prayers are w (with) the family.” And Josh Groban offers, “So sad…LOVE his voice.”
Meanwhile, former Culture Club star Boy George tweets, “R.I.P & respect for the amazing Andy Williams! Your voice filled the world with beauty & soul!” And ex-Boyzone singer Ronan Keating tweets, “Thank you Andy what a voice it will be missed. Rest well.”
Business tycoon Donald Trump has also offered his thoughts, writing, “Andy Williams has died. He was a friend of mine and a great guy,” and even actress/model Elizabeth Hurley has tweeted a tribute, writing, “RIP Andy Williams-thanks for the wonderful songs which you gave to the world.”
Williams, who was also a fan of Twitter.com, signed off to followers at the weekend and hinted his days were numbered. His final post a simple, “Sigh”.
For one Dancing with the Stars all-star, the first dance of the season also turned out to be their last. On Tuesday night’s results show, judge’s scores combined with viewer votes determined that either Pamela Anderson or Drew Lachey would be the first star booted from the all-star season. Pamela Anderson and her partner Tristan MacManus were the unlucky couple.
Anderson was not surprised at her elimination. After delivering a lackluster cha-cha that only earned 17 points and put her at the very bottom of the scoreboard Monday night, Anderson admitted that she “screwed up so many thing” in the routine.
“I was ready for it for sure. We got the lowest score,” Anderson said after her elimination. “We’re going to dance together again. It doesn’t end here.”
MacManus later said Anderson was upset with herself for messing up their first dance. “She apologized. She felt like she let me down. My assurances were that she didn’t. Obviously she was disappointed to go early, which I was myself. But someone has to leave so others can move on,” he explained.
Singer and TV star Andy Williams died this week at his Branson, Missouri home. Williams’ rep tells Fox News the 84-year-old battled bladder cancer for the past year. He passed away Tuesday night. Williams is survived by his second wife, Debbie, and his three children from his first marriage to French dancer Claudine Longet.
Williams had a string of hit songs in the late 50s and early 60s, including “Butterfly,” “Are You Sincere” and “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” but it was his rendition of “Moon River” that put him on the map. He hosted The Andy Williams Show on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and completed a host of successful tours. Williams earned 5 Grammy nominations over his lengthy career and recorded 18 gold and three platinum records.
Williams continued performing in his later years. In 2001, he told the AP he planned to “keep going until I get to the point where I can’t get out on stage.” He stayed true to his world and continued performing even after announcing his cancer diagnosis in 2011.
It’s back on for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Not only has the couple rekindled their romance after a brief split, they’re also living together again.
“They are living together and have reconciled,” an insider confirms to Us Weekly magazine.
Stewart moved out of Pattinson’s L.A. home shortly after admitting to a fling with director Rupert Sanders in July. Insiders then claimed Pattinson planned to sell the house because there were “too many memories” attached to it.
Neither Pattinson, 26, nor Stewart, 22, has commented. The couple first began dating after meeting on the set of Twilight in 2008. News of Stewart’s affair broke two months ago when Us Weekly published pictures of her kissing Sanders, 41, during a secret rendezvous in L.A. She issued a public apology to Pattinson.
“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry,” she said in a statement.