Ian Watkins' Former Lostprophets Bandmates Say They Have 'No Interest' in Ever Speaking to Him Again

The frontman is serving a 29 year jail term for serious child sex offences.

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Ian Watkins' former Lostprophets bandmates have said that they have "no interest" in ever speaking to him again.

In a new interview with the Sunday Times (via NME), which speaks to Watkins' ex-girlfriend and former bandmates, the band's ex-guitarist Mike Lewis says he has no desire to contact the band's frontman, who was jailed for 29 years last December for serious child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. "I've thought about it long and hard and, no, I have no interest in ever speaking to him again," said Lewis. "I feel incredibly bad for his mother and his whole family and the stigma they have to endure now because of what he's done and what his actions have done to hurt so many people. But I have no interest in questioning him about it. Never."

Lewis later tweeted to say this will be the only interview he gives regarding Watkins. "First, last and only interview I'll do on the subject," he wrote.

Lee Gaze of the band was also interviewed for the piece, stating that he too does not wish to speak with Watkins. "I don't think I'd get the answers I wanted," he said. Watkins' former girlfriend Karen Ruttner discusses Watkins' drug addiction in the article, recalling when she saw him in April 2012, the same month the attempted rape of a baby at the K West Hotel in London had taken place. "That month was probably the worst I ever saw him. He was disgusting, so messed up. He was starting to have issues with his teeth falling out and rotting."

Earlier this month an inquiry was launched into whether the celebrity status of Watkins delayed him being brought to justice. The BBC reports that gross misconduct notices have been served on seven police officers from three different forces as part of an investigation into how allegations made against Watkins were dealt with by police. Three officers from South Yorkshire Police; two from Bedfordshire Police and two from South Wales Police are all under investigation.

"We are continuing to gather and analyse information in all three investigations in order to establish what steps were taken by police in response to the allegations made against Ian Watkins, whether he could have been brought to justice sooner and whether his celebrity status had any impact on those investigations," Independent Police Complaints Commission commissioner Jan Williams said.

The inquiry will look at how South Yorkshire Police handled three reports made to the force between March and May 2012, which contained allegations against Watkins with potential evidence. It will also scrutinise how Bedfordshire Police dealt with information from a member of the public who reported an allegation of child abuse against Watkins in October 2012.

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    to bad he wont get put in general population. they should put him in the same cell with charles bronson. he would definitely get what he deserves
    must be some pedophile sympathy here
    maybe jack starr of burning starr is on here he thinks messing with 14 year old girls is funny and acceptable with his reasoning that in the seventies and eighties that was normal i guess you could put steven tyler and jimmy page on that list
    Rot in hell, ****face. I wish their band the absolute best.
    Jacques Nel
    It's a shame that he probably destroyed everyone in the band's futures as well
    Geoff Rickly of Thursday is going to be the new frontman, and new name for the band. Read the 2nd to last Lp related article.
    Horrible as it is I think the other members have a future outside of Lost Prophets. I don't believe those guys have been stigmatized by Ian's actions so if they choose to take different musical directions they definitely could. Obviously it might be hard though after what happened, but I don't see why they can't do it.
    I don't think so either. I think a lot of people feel sorry for them, all the hard work they have put into Lostprophets is just gone. I hope they can get some new stuff on track.
    Ian Wankskids
    interesting how quickly the BBC condemn the police for not bringing him to justice sooner due to his celebrity status, after the Jimmy Saville affair, many ignored allegations and the Newsnight investigation getting so much info before being shut down. those in glass houses BBC
    burn in hell Ian! (or in the showers) actually no he'd probably enjoy that the sick F**K
    Christ, if you're religious, then that's very unreligious of you to hope someone, whatever they've done burns in hell. Even if that bullshit was true, if you was an actual moral person, you wouldn't hope for that.
    I am a moral person, but i sure as F**k aint religious, if you had any common sense you would know what an expression is and not take a comment so literally. My question to you now is why the F**k do you think this sadistic a-hole deserves anything less? anyone even thinkin of rape, let alone a F**king BABY! definitely deserves that. You clearly dont have kids, Or have you got a little secret of your own???
    Jonagorn, Aren't you the same person that prefers rehab over punishment for people like Watkins?
    There is NO rehab for what he did! Rehab = a convicts false recovery (often temporary - i.e. long enough to get past the parole board) and acceptance of their crimes and temporary repentance when it is convenient for them. Will those children ever get to forget what was done to them? They will struggle with the horrific memories of what this sick degenerate did to them. HELL is too good for him. To even come close to the suffering he deserves the punishment must start now. I truly believe this is God's plan. he was captured and with a little luck he will be cast down to the sodomites and let thy will be done. If nothing else transfer him to the prison that Dahmer got turned into a mop handle and let them at em.
    Not every convict is able to be rehabilitated. The majority of people arrested have the capability of changing and atoning for their actions. Watkins is not among that group.
    im not religious or give a shit to be. but i hope he gets what he deserves and he deserves what he did to those children to be done to him. hopefully they just rape and kill him
    If you were religious, you wouldn't say Christ's name in vain. What are you playing at exactly?
    He's going to be murdered in prison before anyone has a chance to find out the answer to this question, so who cares? I just wrote him off as "dead" already.
    The band must feel like total shit because of this sick man. Rot in jail bastard.
    He's probably separated from the general population in prison. I doubt he would last long if he wasn't. No pedophile does. Even for the hard-cased beings in the other cells, they have children as well and when they hear about a pedophile coming in they wonder what would happen if it was THEIR kids who were victim to these monsters. Whatever happens, Ian deserves every single bit of it. Disgusting.
    And we're supposed to be shocked by these news?
    who said you had to be shocked?
    I think he was really saying that the article was simply stating the obvious. I mean if they said "Oh we'll always love Ian still despite what he done" that would be shocking.
    This guy is already dead on the inside. That's what hard drugs do, they replace your soul with darkness. Find me a song about hard drugs that has a happy ending.
    Yeah drugs make you **** children. Wait...
    I didn't get the impression that he was making that connection. I think he was just saying that, besides the child-raping and such, the dude also happened to be dead inside anyway, from too much hard drugs.
    Good, I hope he dies a sad and lonely man, I'd rather fill my mouth with shit than talk to a guy like that.
    "He was disgusting, so messed up. He was starting to have issues with his teeth falling out and rotting." Someone in England's teeth are rotting and falling out, I don't believe it.
    They live in Wales, or at least they've been based in Wales a lot. I get the uneasy feeling you're American, which explains your ignorance.
    ^ dude you need to lighten up, like seriously. I can't imagine how people would be able to stand you in person if you act like you do on here.
    Not all Brits or English are like him... he's just to up tight and a lil **** who trolls the news for web drama, as many others do on here as well.
    I hope he gets raped in jail everyday by a big soap droppin' gangster
    People that commit heinous crimes towards women and children, especially children, are usually kept segregated from the general population of a jail house, simply because they would be killed not raped. Even the hardest criminal have some ethics and child diddlers are not liked anywhere.
    That's true. A lot of violent criminals, murderers and such, still have the pride to consider themselves above rapists and child molesters. And with good reason. They are better people. Rapists and child molesters aren't even people. Just subhuman scum that deserve less rights and respect than farm animals. Exterminate them like any termite or roach. Especially in such grossly over-the-top cases like this, sick ****s like him should be sentenced to death, with the sentence carried out immediately after the trial, in the parking lot behind the court house. There is absolutely no good, for anyone, anywhere, that will ever come from him continuing to live, even in prison.