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Chrissie Hynde responds to rape comments controversy

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The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is speaking out again after drawing criticism over comments she made about sexual assault. 

“They’re entitled to say whatever they want,” Hynde told The Washington Post of her critics on Thursday. “Do I regret saying it? I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it.”

In an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times published last weekend, Hynde, 63, revealed she was sexually assaulted by a motorcycle gang member when she was 21.

“Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility,” she said. “You can’t f— about with people, especially people who wear ‘I Heart Rape’ and ‘On Your Knees’ badges … Those motorcycle gangs, that’s what they do.”

Hynde went on to say, “If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him.” “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk?” she said. “Who else’s fault can it be?”

Those comments were criticized by groups like RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, and caused an uproar on Twitter.

Speaking to the Post, Hynde said her comment “sounds like common sense.”

“If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it,” she said. “At the moment, we’re in one of the worst humanitarian crises in our lifetime. [You see that picture of] a Turkish policeman carrying the body of a 3-year-old boy who got washed up on the shore. These are the heartbreaking images we have and we’re talking about millions of displaced persons and people whose families have been destroyed and we’re talking about comments that I allegedly made about girls in their underwear.”

You can head to The Washington Post for more from Hynde’s interview.

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