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Phil Collins Mulls Lawsuit After Being Duped On TV

Phil Collins Mulls Lawsuit After Being Duped On TVSinger Phil Collins is huddling with his lawyers after falling victim to a prank aired on a British comedy show, The BBC reports.

Collins was the best-known of a handful of British celebrities who agreed to tape what they thought were anti-pedophile public service announcements.

Instead of airing as PSAs, however, the clips were broadcast on the controversial "Brass Eye" comedy show.

"I took part in the programme as I was very firmly led to believe it was part of a public service programme that would be going around schools and colleges in a bid to stem child abduction and abuse," Collins said in a statement.

"I think the presenters of this programme have some serious taste problems when it comes to picking subjects from parody. I did this in good faith for the public benefit, but unfortunately this will probably now affect many celebrities' willingness to support public spirited causes in the future, and it's not difficult to see why."

TV host Richard Blackwood, who was also duped by "Brass Eye", said the gag will only serve to discredit legitimate children's charities.

"If you think that kiddie porn is funny, you should have a good laugh," Blackwood told The BBC.

But a spokesman for Brass Eye told The BBC that the show's star, Chris Morris, intended to satirize media sensationalism and exploitation of pedophilia.

"It is a programme that is both humourous and directed to make a serious point," the spokesman said.

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