— nzherald (@nzherald) October 16, 2014
Child welfare advocates criticized the comments, made during an interview to promote Grisham’s latest legal thriller, Gray Mountain.
Jon Brown of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children told the BBC that “every image is a real child who has suffered and every time these images are clicked on or downloaded it creates demand that ultimately fuels more child abuse.”
In a statement issued through his publisher, Random House, Grisham said his comments “were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children.””I can think of nothing more despicable,” he said. “I regret having made these comments, and apologise to all.”