Robbie Williams’ latest comments on the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory have caused consternation online.
The bizarre theory, which gained traction online during the 2016 US presidential election, claims that high-ranking members of the Democratic Party were involved in a human trafficking ring linked to a pizza restaurant in Washington DC.
It came to prominence on websites including 4chan, a largely unregulated forum, after the emails of John Podesta, the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, were hacked and later shared on WikiLeaks. Pizzagate conspiracy theorists wrongly claimed that the emails contained coded messages linked to the alleged trafficking ring.
The conspiracy has been debunked by a range of news outlets including the New York Times as well as by police in Washington DC, and no physical evidence was ever found.
Williams, 46, appeared to question the grounds on which the theory has been discredited in a new interview with the journalist Anna Brees.
In a clip shared by Brees on Twitter, the former Take That star argued that “the right questions haven’t been asked to the right people in the right places” during previous investigations.
“Look, there might be a personally reasonable explanation for that language, who knows,” he told Brees.
“The fact that we don’t know means that nothing has been debunked. Yes, there was no basement in the particular pizza place.
“That’s not the debunking that I want, as a civilian, a human that’s going “hey, this bit, this bit’s really f***ing weird, what is that bit.’
He continued: “Nobody’s been asked, nobody’s said and there’s been no answers. But the overarching reporting on this story is debunked fake news. It’s not.
“The right questions haven’t been asked to the right people in the right places. ‘Just as I take my popstar hat off, my celebrity hat off, and just talk as Robert from Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 7HA, opposite the Ancient Briton, big up Stoke-on-Trent – just as that guy for a moment, that’s watching from the terraces, why aren’t those questions being asked?
“And also, if there is an explanation and it’s perfectly reasonable, then the explanation is perfectly reasonable. It doesn’t feel like it.”
Williams’ comments were met with confusion – and some derision – on social media.
The singer has often spoken of his enthusiasm for conspiracy theories and has previously alluded to Pizzagate in a discussion with podcaster Chris Thrall.
In 2018, Williams appeared in Hunt for the Skinwalker, a documentary about an alleged UFO hotspot in Utah, to discuss his belief in extraterrestrials.