Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins will be tried over accusations of baby rape and 22 other sex crime charges at the end of this year. The singer has roundly denied all accusations against him.
On November 25, Watkins will stand trial in Wales for two-dozen sex crime charges. The 35-year-old is currently detained in jail ahead of the trial, which includes extensive child pornography and the possession of animal pornography.
He appeared at a plea hearing Monday, where he denied each of the sex crime charges leveled against him. Also among the charges: Two counts of raping a baby, one of conspiracy to rape a child and one of conspiracy to sexually assault a child. He is also facing charges of aiding and abetting a woman to sexually assault a baby.
Two women, aged 20 and 24, will also be tried along with Watkins. One of the women admitted to the sexual touching of a baby, one count of taking indecent photographs and one of distributing photos of a child.
Watkins has maintained his innocence, and has denied all of the accusations against him.
“I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for their continued support throughout this whole ordeal,” Watkins said in a statement. “Your support gives me strength, I deny all the allegations made against me and will continue to fight to the end to clear my name.”
With Lostprophets, Watkins has sold over 3.5 million albums. “Last Train Home” was lauded as an anthem for millennials the world over. The band’s last album was released last year in April 2012. It debuted at No. 9 on the U.K. charts.
The oldest of the allegations against him dates to 2007.
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