Chrissie Hynde — Comments were wrong, condemn them, not a victim

The Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde has caused a social media storm by claiming in an interview that she was to blame for her sexual assault 40 years ago and for her comments on rape.

Born Christine Ellen Hynde in Akron, Ohio on September 7, 1951, the singer, now known as Chrissie Hynde, has had something of a colourful life. From humble beginnings in suburban Ohio to international rock star, she has lived a life that she now regrets.

In an interview with The Sunday Times about her new book Reckless – My Life as a Pretender Chrissie Hynde is very forthright about her life, detailing her early years hanging out with heroin addicts in New York and then arriving in London in 1973. She talks about her near marriage to Sid Vicious, her dreadful relationship with Ray Davies, her marriage to Jim Kerr and a host of other events which have shaped her life.

She also talks about when she was sexually assaulted at the age of 21. While under the influence of Quaaludes, she came to the attention of one of Ohio’s motorcycle gangs. They promised Chrissie that they would take her to a party but instead took her to an empty house and sexually assaulted her under the threat of violence.

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