Lostprophets Condemn Ian Watkins: 'This Will Haunt Us for the Rest of Our Lives'

Meanwhile, a group of hardcore fans declares "support until the end" for singer.

Lostprophets Condemn Ian Watkins: 'This Will Haunt Us for the Rest of Our Lives'
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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.

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    solidsnake530
    How people can stand by this sick, twisted man I'll never know. The impact he's had on those children will never go away. I hope he rots in jail.
    slush
    Hopefully, just hopefully, they will be too young to remember and have a chance at a normal life. That's the single strand of faint silver lining on this cloud of radioactive fallout.
    DickHardwood
    They will not retain memories but the trauma is really likely to stay with them.
    solidsnake530
    Yeah, if they can't remember, will anyone ever tell them? Would that be the right thing to do? The whole situation is just a massive mess.
    DickHardwood
    That depends on the extent of the trauma sustained. They should be monitored by a psychologist or psychiatrist right away and for years to come to observe how they develop and plan accordingly.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    That's the wrong thing to do having psychologists snooping around them constantly growing up and not even telling them why would make them feel like something's wrong with them cause none of their peers have psychologists around them. I say this as a person growing up with Aspergers and when I was quite young I wasn't informed so it confused me as to why I was being treated so differently like there was something wrong with me so they had to tell me. Also how can there be trauma if you can't remember something?
    trentonlambert
    He's probably gonna get killed the first day in jail. No one likes a rapist, let alone one who rapes babies...
    Ritchie360
    I supose there are people who will always remain faithful to the music, and rightly so, the most sick creatures can also make good music. This however is limited to the songs only, this guy is sick in his head and needs to be taken care of properly, a generation of music gone to waste because of him, I feel sorry for his fellow bandmates. They had a great thing going and for them it's completly destroyed.
    solidsnake530
    Exactly, any attempt to support him outside of songwriting is just ridiculous. I wasn't a fan anyway but I knew a few people who were. Shame this has seemingly ruined his bandmates careers too, hopefully they can get back on track and keep doing what they do.
    dudester410
    well i never listened to their stuff but in respect to the music, if its good who cares who listens to it? its art, deal with it. on the other hand though, i wouldnt say i listen to lodprophets as a "supporter" of ian, thats just sick, and anyone who claims such a thing is such wrong in the head.
    <TsC>
    I don't hope he rots in jail, I hope he's brutally beaten, gang raped, shit on and tortured... on a weekly basis at the least. For a seemly sane (or at least coherent) person to do this... I hope they don't kill him right away.
    MetalRock4ever
    That's the thing. There's no humane punishment that can be considered 'justice' for what he's done. It's unfair. Least we can have a shot at bringing Watkins to justice, unlike Saville...
    Jehannum
    The ones who are 'standing by' Watkins are the ones who would let him **** their kids.
    sykest70
    excuze me?!!!!!?! some people still look up iam as a roll model. hes a good guy ive met him be4 when i was 13 hes a very nice & friendly guy he treated me who tretd me with a Lotta respect ok so STOP TAKENSHUT ABOUT HIS!!!!!
    jrodgers
    Huh?
    sykest70
    bitch u heard me..... you peple are just jump in the band wagon.. wat evedence is there????? these articles can put what ever they want ug is prolly just makin this shit up u really think hed rape a muthafukkin baby!!!!! how da hell his penis get in it???? ur logic is failed like ur room timp iq ian is a good guy when I met him back stage when i was 13 he treated me like a king ok hes nice i even got to hug him alpt what bad man would let a13 year old hug him?????! exactly no one cuz theyd be tryin 2 kill em **** off with da hate ian articles the shits alie ok im done **** this page ian is innocent i kbowwit he knows it so kiss my ass
    jrodgers
    I didn't even attempt to read past the 3rd line of your comment because I think you may be as sick as Watkins
    MetalRock4ever
    We really don't want to think that there's another person out there who can be as sick as Watkins. That's the last thing we all need, another horrible story. We get enough as it is: murder, rape, etc.
    -shaikh-
    I'd say you're a troll but you have syke in your name and that makes me think bring me the horixon :| As for what evidence, the sick c*nt admitted to like 15 charges!
    House_Of_Flies
    This man's a monster, plain and simple. Regardless of your experience with him he's still a horrible human being who deserves to rot in jail. Get over the fact that your idol is a terrible person who's unfit to live anything but the worst life imaginable and learn how to spell.
    RustedWithin
    Maybe your not keeping up with the trial or just too much of a bell end to understand. He pled guilty after they found child pornography in his possession. They also recovered video chats of him describing what he'd do to the children of the women he was chatting with. He even had these women do stuff to their kids in these chats. There is a special place in hell for a sick individual such as him. I feel sorry for the victims and his bandmates .
    chris.catapano.
    what evidence??!? HOW ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE ADMITTED TO IT, IF YOU SUPPORT HIM YOU ARE NO BETTER AND SHOULD BE LOCKED IN A CELL WITH HIM! the IS NO "bandwagon" ITS RIGHT OR WRONG, ANY IDIOT CAN SEE THAT!
    Mr Winters
    You guys got trolled. Hard.
    sykest70
    Yes they did. I'll be leaving now. :^)
    jrodgers
    Congrats. Way to make a joke out of children being violently raped, drugged, and pissed on. What an awesome person you must be.
    Igamikun
    The party I don't get is nobody thought they were getting trolled when Syke was going off about being "13 and treated like a king, and getting lots of hugs"... It's a sick subject to be joking around about.
    longpaul28
    what evidence is there? A FULL F*UCKING CONFESSION FROM FROM YOUR ROLE MODEL HIMSELF YOU COMPLETE MUG. DONT TALK SHIT TO PEOPLE ON THIS PAGE FOR SAYING WHATS RIGHT IN MY BOOKS YOUR DEFENDING A PEDOPHILE I REMEMBER WHEN JIMMY SAVILE DEFENDED GARY GLITTER SO MAYBE YOU LIKE LITTLE KIDS TOO?
    MetalRock4ever
    Where have you been living for the past month or so? He may have been a nice guy, but that's in the past. Now he's a sick person who deserves death because he has no life now (if you disagree, please think again. He can't get a job, the music industry won't have him, no one will. He's a disgrace).
    jdaykin73
    it didn't say anywhere that people are supporting ian. they said they're supporting the band.
    DickHardwood
    I for once hope the band takes a year or two off for this whole thing to get forgotten and then start a new band with a singer who isn't a sick f*ck. They're pretty good from what I've heard at least, they got some good tunes, it would be a shame for the careers to go down the drain with Watkins.
    jstansbe
    They (the rest of the band) are really talented musicians and I hope they can continue to do what they love. I hope they do what you're saying and start another band under a new name. I see this as the best way to bring the focus back to the music and away from this tragedy. Ian was such a huge part of their sound and a good singer, i hope they can find a new singer who is a good fit.
    Nero Galon
    I would be down for that. Would be nice if they could continue with their music which many enjoy hearing without Ian. I'd love to be able to listen to their early music without the taint.
    MetalRock4ever
    But unfortunately, the decent tunes they did make can't be played again. I wish they could be, but even if they start anew, people who don't like change or are idiots will still refer to them as the band with the sick freak. They can't shake Watkin's name off them for some people. I'd love to see them make more music personally, but when the news broke out, there were people calling the band, not Watkins, sick (not in the good way...)
    martianking
    I think it would be very cool to see them come back with a new band/singer, and make an album that totally eclipses all their work in Lostprophets. It would be nice to see them come out on top after this.