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Posted Dec 03, 2013 09:07 AM
Members of disbanded Lostprophets have posted an official statement regarding Ian Watkins' child abuse trial, condemning the vocalist for the disturbing crimes he recently confessed.
"Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Ian were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court," the post on subsequently deleted Facebook page kicked off. "Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake. Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behavior is now impossible to deny."
The group went on to clarify their familiarity with Watkins' dark side. "Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character. Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge. But despite his battles with drugs, his egotistic behavior, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behavior of the type he has now admitted.
"We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Being in a band has always been a labour of love and a platform to inspire people, not to take advantage of them. It's still hard to believe this is happening and that someone we were once so close to has destroyed so many lives, lying every step of the way."
The post concludes, "Our hearts go out to Ian's family, the fans and friends he betrayed, and most importantly, the victims of his crimes and others like them. We hope for justice, but also that Ian will truly take responsibility for what he's done. We would urge any other victims to contact the authorities. Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu."
Meanwhile, a group of hardcore Lostprophets fans declared their "support until the end" for Watkins via Facebook. "I am fed up of people judging me for listening to Lostprophets and making harsh comments about Ian. This page shows who is not afraid to support Ian and the band until the end," posted the admin of one of support pages.
Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to a number of shocking child sex offenses, including abuse, indecent touching, oral and full sex, as well as urinating on babies and underage teenage girls. As reported, he wasn't alone in his acts, since mothers of abused children were also involved in heinous acts. The vocalist's ex-girlfriend Joanna Mijic claims she'd been trying to contact the police about Watkins' pedophilia for four years.
More info about Watkins' crimes here. The singer is currently waiting to be sentenced on December 18.