Thursday, February 16, 2006

The BF is soooo happy

Not that he is happy about child porn, but he never wants to see those ads again.
I've got to think there must be some execs over at Keiths and their ad agency shitting bricks this morning.

Beer ad actor faces child porn charges
Police search Toronto comic's home
Labatt won't run `unruly Scot' TV spots
Feb. 16, 2006. 05:02 AM

A 40-year-old Toronto comic better known as the obnoxious Scot who berates bartenders and pub patrons in television commercials for Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale has been charged with possessing child pornography and making it available over the Internet.

Robert Norman Smith was charged yesterday after detectives from the Toronto police child exploitation section searched his home on a warrant Tuesday. He was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of making available child pornography.

Det. Const. Eduardo Dizon said the charges stem from an ongoing undercover investigation that has already resulted in charges against another man.

Police allege that a preliminary investigation of computers found more than 1,000 electronic files, including movies and still images, and that the collection was available to others online.

Some of the images involve children as young as a year old, Dizon said. Police want to talk to anyone familiar with Smith or his activities. Dizon said the images are graphic "to the extent that the average person walking on the street would turn away immediately."

Smith, who toured briefly with the Second City comedy troupe in the late 1990s, is well known as the unruly Scot with a thick accent, kilt and wool sweater in the ads for the Nova Scotia beer.

In the commercials, he berates a pub patron as a "spilly talker" for spilling precious ale and tries to incite an uprising when the bartender runs out. One critic described the character as a boorish cross between William "Braveheart" Wallace and Trainspotting bar brawler Begbie.

James Villeneuve, a spokesman for Labatt Breweries, which owns Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale, said last night the brewer was surprised to learn of the charges and has decided "not to run any future television commercials featuring this actor until this information is confirmed.

"If it is confirmed that this is the actor in question, our commercials and further association with him will be terminated," Villeneuve said in a statement.

Earlier this month, as part of the same investigation, police laid similar charges against Robert Alexander Hagon, 22 of Toronto.

With files from Tracy Huffman

1 comment:

Miss Ash said...

Poor Robert Smith of the Cure to have to share a name with such a twat.