Ian Watkins Denies Child Rape Charges

artist: Lostprophets date: 03/12/2013 category: music news
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Ian Watkins Denies Child Rape Charges
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has denied several child sex offences charges being made against him, including conspiracy to rape a one-year-old and possessing indecent images of children. His solicitor made the statement during a court appearance in Cardiff, Wales yesterday (via NME): "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." Two women, aged 20 and 24, face similar charges related to Watkin's alleged offences. The singer appeared before the court via video link, having been remanded in custody since December when his arrest surprised and shocked the rock world. The case has now been adjourned until July 15. The other members of Lostprophets are understandably taking a break, and in December posted a short statement: "Following charges made 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." Meanwhile, South Wales Police are being investigated to find out whether they failed to take fast enough action over information that led to Watkin's arrest.
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