Bizarre: Why Did Singer Chrissie Hynde Date One of the Hells Angels Who Raped Her?

Bizarre: Why Did Singer Chrissie Hynde Date One of the Hells Angels Who Raped Her?

80s Rock Goddess Chrissie Hynde has recently whipped her more feminist followers into a frenzy when she wrote in her autobiography about her gang rape. She claims the entire incident was her fault, saying that because she was out of her mind on drugs and behaving “flirtatiously.” But then she went further in an interview, prompting an intense Twitter backlash.


From The Daily Mail:

The sisterhood is still reeling in shock and anger. In her new autobiography, Eighties rock chick and feminist icon Chrissie Hynde reveals that she was raped by a gang of bikers when she was just 21.

Not only that, she says it was her fault. She was out of her mind on drugs, behaving flirtatiously and hopelessly naive.

In remarks that have provoked a litany of ugly abuse on Twitter, she writes: ‘This was all my doing and I take full responsibility. You can’t f*** about with people, especially people who wear “I Heart Rape” badges.’

This week, in an interview to promote her book, she went further — criticising women who go out when they are drunk and provocatively dressed, and then complain if they end up in trouble.

‘If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk . . . who else’s fault can it be?’ she said. ‘Come on! That’s just common sense.

‘You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that says “Come and f*** me”, you’d better be good on your feet.’

For good measure, Hynde — who calls herself ‘the poster girl of feminism’ — asked with faux naivete: ‘I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial, am I?’

Her remarks inevitably provoked fury — not to mention disappointment among her feminist admirers, who certainly didn’t expect such supposedly ‘anti-women’ views from her — but they also pose questions.

So what exactly happened when Chrissie Hynde encountered the biker gang? And what effect did such a brutal experience have on her life?

The woman who would one day become the lead singer of The Pretenders, one of the most critically acclaimed rock bands of the Eighties, instinctively rebelled against her highly respectable middle-class, Middle-American upbringing in the Ohio city of Akron.

Apart from drugs, alcohol and rock’n’roll, she was attracted to bad boys. And as she reveals in her book, she certainly found them that terrifying night back in 1972.

She had met the bikers — from her description of their winged insignia, they were the Hells Angels — a few years earlier when they were providing security at a rock concert in Cleveland.

She and some friends had been invited back with the band to their clubhouse. She remembers that swords, crossbows, whips and Nazi regalia hung on the walls, and that the musicians were discussing drug deals with the bikers.

On that occasion, the girls were spared any predatory advances from their thuggish, leather-clad hosts because, Hynde later concluded, they were under-age teenagers.

This wasn’t the case a few years later when she met the crew at the Cleveland Municipal Jail, where, like them, she had been visiting friends.

The then 21-year-old Hynde was stoned on Quaaludes, a strong sedative pill that was a popular drug in the Sixties and Seventies.

The bikers invited her to a party and Hynde agreed to go — although a girlfriend who was with her ‘recoiled in horror’ from the invitation.

She met the bikers at their run-down clubhouse, a different one this time. It was so sinister, writes Hynde, that it had ‘Jeffrey Dahmer written all over it’ — a ghoulish allusion to the lair where the notorious U.S. serial killer dispatched his victims.

The Hells Angels, she says, unchained a series of padlocks to reveal a ‘dark and noticeably empty house’, and she gradually realised what might be about to happen — or, as she put it, ‘the party was going to be hosted exclusively by yours truly’.

She was led upstairs to a poorly lit room where one of them ordered her to ‘get your ****in’ clothes off’.

When she protested, they threatened to beat her so badly ‘you’ll make some plastic surgeon rich’.

They ordered her to perform sex acts on them, and when she hesitated, they lit matches and threw them at her naked body. She remembers the burning matches ‘bounced off my rib rack and underlit their stony expressions before dropping to the forensically soiled carpet’.

So what do you think? Do you agree that she brought it on herself, or should the men have showed more restraint?

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