Louis Theroux confesses he watches porn and says it's like 'junk food'

LOUIS Theroux has confessed he watches porn and sees it as a disposable pleasure like junk food.

Ahead of a new series where he looks at the adult industry, the documentarian, 51, said: “In my life, of course, I’ve been a user of porn. I sort of see it as a bit like… maybe this sounds harsh, but it’s a bit like junk food, right?

“But there are times in your life when you can’t get a decent meal, or you’re in a rush, or you’re just trying to get a need met.”

He added to Radio Times: “It’s not something you’re especially proud of using.”

Louis’ new film, Porn’s MeToo, is part of a series called Forbidden America and makes the case that social media has helped female pornstars find a voice.

Elsewhere Louis looks at how gangsta rappers’ online spats are fuelling murders in Florida.

And he meets Far Right ‘neo-nazi’ activist Beardy Bearderson – who throws Louis out the interview.

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Louis quipped: “I’ve been doing a lot of Joe Wicks. He was a weedy little guy who spent a long time on his computer gaming.

“There aren’t many people of whom it could be said that I could comfortably handle them in a physical altercation, but I think Beardson may be one of the few.”

Forbidden America: Extreme and Online airs on Sunday at 9pm, BBC Two.

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