The Welsh band, Lostprophets, have issued a statement in response to yesterday’s news that their singer, Ian Watkins, had appeared in court facing child sex offences.
The group said, via their website, “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. Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu.”
The 35-year-old is accused of conspiring to rape a female under 13, which has now been confirmed as a one-year-old girl. He was also charged with two incidents of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children and four offences relating to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
It is believed that 40 images of child abuse and children are being investigated, whilst it has now also been revealed that Watkins possessed ‘extreme’ pornography involving animals.
Watkins appeared in court in Cardiff, wearing a black hoody, and was silent for the 90-minute hearing. Tom Crowther, his defending barrister, stated that his client would be denying the charges, but a plea was not required at this stage. Two women aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster and Bedford also appeared in court charged with the same offences.
Lostprophets released their fifth album, Weapons, on April 2, 2012, and were formed in Pontypridd in 1997. Their future live dates have each been cancelled with immediate effect.
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