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LOSTPROPHETS SINGER PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX OFFENSE CHARGES

6/4/2013

Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins appeared via a video link from prison in a Wales courtroom on Monday (June 3rd) to plead not guilty to at least 23 sex offenses, according to Billboard. Among the charges are allegations that he twice raped an infant less than a year old and aided in the assault of another baby. Watkins, who is charged along with two women, denied all those charges as well as several others, including possession of child pornography and images of bestiality.

 

  • The 35-year-old musician thanked his family and friends in a prepared statement, saying, "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."
  • Watkins' next hearing is set for Thursday (June 6th). The vocalist was arrested last December on charges of "conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children."
  • The two women accused along with Watkins have also denied the charges.

FAST FACTS

  • Lostprophets, who have since shut their website down, issued a statement shortly after Watkins' arrest saying that the band was in "a state of shock."
  • The group formed in 1997 and have sold 3.5 million albums in their 16-year career. They scored a Number One modern rock hit in 2004 with the track "Last Train Home."

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