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Roger Daltrey: Sexual harassment doesn’t happen in the music industry

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The Who frontman Roger Daltrey says he doesn’t believe the sexual harassment of women happens in the music world.

Following allegations made last year against film producer Harvey Weinstein, Daltrey was asked by the Daily Mail's Event magazine (opens in new tab) if he thought there might be sexual predators in the music world.

He responds: “Why would any rock star need to push themselves on women?

“Usually it’s the other way around. I’d like to have £1 for every woman that screws my ass. Mick Jagger would be a billionaire out of it.

“If it was going to be in the rock business, it would’ve been out by now. It would’ve been out a long time ago.

“I find this whole thing so obnoxious. It’s always allegations and it’s just salacious crap. Like the allegations against Pete when he got arrested.”

That reference is to The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, who was questioned by police in 2003 for using his credit card to access a website containing child pornography four years earlier. Townshend was later cautioned and cleared of all charges.

Daltrey adds: “He didn’t have anything on his computer at all. He was accused of downloading, accused of this and accused of that. They never found one fucking thing on 35 computers. It’s a joke.”

Last month, The Who’s performance from the Fillmore East in New York from April 1968 was released via UMC on 2CD and 3LP.

Scott looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.