Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bad, Bad Man

Ergh, I never liked Alexander Keith's that much anyways.

The mutton-chopped actor best known as the beer-obsessed spokesman for Alexander Keith's has been arrested in Toronto for allegedly downloading child pornography.

Robert Norman Smith, 40, turned himself in at Toronto Police's 53 Division yesterday following an undercover investigation that resulted in a search warrant being executed at his residence on Tuesday.

I've got no love for anyone who gets his kicks from kiddie porn, no matter how humourous he may be.

Most of the spots feature the actor sporting a thick, grey wool sweater and kilt while warning other bar patrons in an exaggerated Scottish brogue that they should not spill a drop of their Alexander Keith's ale.

Labatt Breweries of Canada, which owns the Alexander Keith's label, said yesterday it would drop the spots featuring Mr. Smith once it confirms he has been charged.

"We are surprised to learn of these charges," spokesman James Villeneuve said in a statement released after the story was reported on Global News Hour last night.

"Clearly, we have 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 any further association with him will be terminated."


Const. Purches, who helped conduct the search of Mr. Smith's residence on Tuesday but was not present when he turned himself in, said he learned of the accused's fame while watching the news.

"It was a very big surprise," he said.

Asked what kind of beer Mr. Smith keeps in his home, the officer said: "Come to think of it, there was Keith's and Corona."

I'm sure the Corona Company will be thrilled to hear this. What a scumbag.