frontman Ian Watkins
has officially received the court date for his child sex offences trial. As BBC
reports, the 35-year-old will face the court on November 25 to defend himself on over 20 child sex crimes charges, including two related to raping a one-year-old baby.
The trial is expected to last about a month, while an application to transfer the trial venue outside of Wales was officially denied. Watkins pleaded not guilty
on all charges this Monday (June 3) and vowed to clear his name.
The frontman was arrested in December 2012 on a series of charges including a conspiracy to sexually assault a small child, possession and distribution of child pornography and possession of extreme animal pornography. Soon after the arrest, Watkins was denied bail.
After the court hearing, the vocalist released a short statement, saying, "I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for their continued support throughout this whole ordeal. 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."
The oldest charges date back to 2007; more details regarding the trial are likely to surface soon.