According to BBC News, singer Ian Watkins of the Welsh rock band LOSTPROPHETS has issued a statement denying child-sex-offense charges brought against him at the end of last year.
The statement, issued on behalf of Ian Watkins by his solicitor Sarah Williams-Martin of Watkins & Gunn Solicitors, reads: “Mr. Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time.”
The 35-year-old musician, who is accused of conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl along with other charges, appeared earlier today (Monday, March 11) via video link from Parc Prison in Bridgend, and will appear in court again in May.
LOSTPROPHETS members Lee Gaze (guitar), Mike Lewis (guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), Jamie Oliver (keyboards) and Luke Johnson (drums) released a statement on their official web site expressing their shock at the charges against Watkins.
LOSTPROPHETS has sold more than three million albums worldwide and topped the U.K. chart with 2006′s “Liberation Transmission”.
The band’s most recent CD, “Weapons”, came out in April 2012.
BBC News has reported that the lead singer of Welsh rock group LOSTPROPHETS is charged with sexual offences against children. Ian Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, appeared before Cardiff magistrates on Wednesday, December 19th. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.
The band has issued the following statement in the wake of the news:
“Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers.”
Two women, aged 20 and 24, from Doncaster and Bedford, have been charged with similar offences. All three have been questioned at Cardiff Bay police station, said South Wales Police.
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Source: BBC News
The lead singer of Welsh rock group Lostprophets has been charged with sexual offences against children. Ian Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, will appear before Cardiff magistrates on Wednesday. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children. Two women, aged 20 and 24, from Doncaster and Bedford, have been charged with similar offences. All three have been questioned at Cardiff Bay police station, said South Wales Police.
“I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us.
“Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Operation Globe incident room on 0800 056 0154; or NSPCC on 0800 389 5347; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Overseas callers are asked to phone 00 44 207 158 0011.
Ian Watkins was a co-founder of Pontypridd rock band Lostprophets in 1997. The band has sold 3.5m albums worldwide and has had a UK number one album with Liberation Transmission. The most recent album Weapons was their fifth and released in April this year.