Lostprophets Frontman Is Guilty of Attempted Baby Rape

Ian Watkins pleads guilty to child sex offenses.

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The BBC is reporting that Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offenses including the attempted rape of a baby. The 36 year old singer from Wales, who had had previously "furiously denied" that allegations, was due to stand trail at Cardiff Crown Court alongside two women. Last month, Lostprophets officially split up, releasing the following statement on their Facebook page: "After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets." The news that Ian Watkins had been charged with sex offenses against children originally came to light in December 2012. His trail was scheduled to take place this week and was expected to last approximately one month. An application to transfer the trial venue outside of Wales had officially been denied. In the lead up to the date, Watkins had reportedly been on suicide watch, with clinical psychologists recommending that he receive anti-psychotic medication.

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    bradd101
    Truly disgusted. Childhood hero no longer, the sicko can burn! I won't let his reprehensible actions taint the music, as over the past 14 years, 7 other people have put their heart and soul to create their music, but I hope they lock him and up and throw away the key. Start Something was the first album I ever bought, at the age of 10 and now it just seems darker :/
    WholeLottaIzzy
    First band I ever saw live. Seen em twice. Im not trying to be funny, but the video to A Town Called Hypocrisy seems pretty... Wrong.
    Jawkster
    Same here, first band I saw live in 2006 and been a huge fan of AFSOP-LT albums, really got me through the years. Shame about Watkins, but I'll always credit their music
    Luke-LikeICare
    My first live band too, I know what you mean about that video... When the news broke out the comments on that on YouTube went crazy.
    RHtonyflowCP
    Yep, first band I ever saw live as well and I think Start Something was the very first album I ever bought back at the start of middle school. I used to look up to this man as a massive vocal influence and the fact I saw him on the Weapons tour which was something like couple of years ago really disturbs me. I really hope the rest of the guys get another project started when they've healed some.
    Smegal
    To be honest, after the accusations and everyone he knew not even hinting they believed he might be innocent, I think he would plead guilty regardless of innocence. He isn't exactly an emotionally stable person to begin with.
    ScottStewart1
    good point
    Cazman
    No, that's a retarded point.
    Smegal
    It is well documented through history people can be broken very easily with interrogation, seclusion and isolation. With constant reinforcement to make him "admit" it is highly believable that after a year of this he would believe it. Additionally with at least half a year of suicide watch, it has been known for a long time he has wanted to escape from this situation, this does not confirm any guilt, people kill themselves for less than these accusation. I am not saying he is innocent, but through this whole thing it feels like a lot is being omitted and leading people to answers before any evidence is shown. I have been waiting for a single solid piece of evidence to confirm his guilt without any doubt but that hasn't happened and now it never will. What is grinding my gears however is the death calls for him, he hasn't DONE anything. By all accounts legally he should be dealt with in a psychiatric ward and not a prison. Is our justice system not based on rehabilitation? And can someone really be held accountable for actions they have not yet committed?
    fittler
    They've got videos of him trying to convince a woman to perform sexual acts on her child over the internet. They also have his laptop and found videos of him having sex with children. What more evidence to you need? Or do you actually need to see the videos for yourself? GUILTY
    Smegal
    If that were true, it wouldn't be "Attempted" rape he was charged with.
    Hydra150
    "I am not saying he is innocent, but through this whole thing it feels like a lot is being omitted and leading people to answers before any evidence is shown. I have been waiting for a single solid piece of evidence to confirm his guilt without any doubt but that hasn't happened and now it never will. What is grinding my gears however is the death calls for him, he hasn't DONE anything. [...]And can someone really be held accountable for actions they have not yet committed?" You clearly haven't done a lot of research. Please, try and catch up with all the facts before investing in another long post. We haven't seen a lot of the evidence, but be assured that the judge and the jury have. Search for the NME article, which has more up to date details, but discretion is advised as it is not an easy read.
    Axl_Styx1
    Also, with the crimes he's been accused of, there will be enough evidence to convict him. It wasn't like hunting for a killer and the first person caught is criminalised by society, his arrest brought the crimes to public attention. He is most definitely guilty, which sucks, I liked him before all of this. And to answer your question on our penal system. It is a mix of punishment and rehabilitation that simply doesn't work. The penal system as a whole is a complete mess, but for crimes like this, rehabilitation isn't right, it needs to be punishment. Also, He may not have actually acted on anything, but it's like possession of drugs, if you have it on you, you can be arrested and charged. He had intent to RAPE A BABY so I think he should be locked up. It's like if he tried to kill someone, he might fail, but you don't want him on the streets
    INstaNt-RocK
    He had footage of himself performing a sexual act on a baby. And of him having sex with two separate 16 year olds. 'Nuff said. Case closed. Hang the ****er.
    ScottStewart1
    The West Memphis Three were innocent yet still pleaded guilty, perhaps he was forced into an ultimatum and chose to plead a lesser charge. Just sayin
    jono888
    Or perhaps he saw the evidence against him and realized they had him dead to rights. Just sayin
    Adyman
    You shouldn't mix his music with his real life. In fact, you shouldn't give a shit about his charges. You don't lose or gain anything from his criminal charges but you sure gain a lot by listening to Lostprophets' awesome music and that's how it should be. (I'm not saying he didn't deserve this though)
    Luke-LikeICare
    Growing up, Lostprophets were one of my favorite bands, I had posters, I'd seen them live multiple times, etc. etc. The news is sick, twisted and utterly disgusting, but their music will forever live on as a vital part of my adolescence, a dark thought, but one I can't simply deny.
    biff022
    Lots of people have god awful taste in music when they are young, don't worry.
    fromzero
    Just because you liked the music and could relate to some of it doesn't mean you endorse his actions or relate to every aspect of his mindset. I used to LOVE limp bizkit even if Fred Durst is a douche.
    RoboHendrix
    Rot in hell, Ian Watkins. You ruined the careers of your band mates and my adolescent love for Lostprophets. Instead of being known for the music they made, now they'll be known because their ex-frontman is a paedophile. Thanks a lot, mate.
    metalhead983877
    Before I read this news, I thought that he was guilty. Now I KNOW that he is guilty. Would have liked to see some more information on the subject though, but I guess it's too early. Children abusers can rot in jail. And as a fan of Lostprophet's music, I can say that this includes him. He can rot in jail, for all I care.
    3d1n
    He deserves a far worse sentence than just rotting in jail...
    MetalRock4ever
    From what I heard, people like Watkins get a rough time in jail. I forget where I heard about it, but I bloody well hope he has a worse time in his last days. No wonder he was on suicide watch.
    churro92
    Jail is actually a good palce for him, Ironcially they ahve the worst because guess what even murders robbers,theives etc, drug users, hate these type of people. hell msot likely be raped and made someones bitch if he doesnt die
    heavywinter101
    Are you really grouping drug users amongst murderers robbers rapists and thieves?
    christianonbass
    @heavywinter10: He might not group drug user with murderers and robbers, but the "Justice" system does. Thnk you for saying that. I am looked at by many people as a common criminal because of possession charges. I'm not saying I am innocent, but anyway...
    SSympathy
    The problem is, he's going to be a high profile inmate. They'll probably keep him in a medical wing or a more secluded area so he doesn't get killed.
    DickHardwood
    He won't rot in jail. It's baby rape. Pedophiles get brutally murdered inside, he probably won't last long.
    RickyThomson
    Death is the easiest way out though, if you really have to punish someone then the one thing you do is keep them alive. Like others mentioned, he will surely go through living hell in prison. Next to the the ranks of politicians and bankers, child molesters are the most hated kind of criminal.
    bobbyjoedik
    yeah keep him alive so we can pay for his living and then once he gets out nothing has changed. you have to kill these people for the betterment of the human species
    HitmanJenkins
    Sex offenders and especially paedophiles have an extremely rough time in jail, unless he's isolated from the rest of the inmates he will likely become someone's bitch, or get shanked.
    fromzero
    For as many counts as he had there was no way that he wasn't guilty. All the people that down voted me because they were butt hurt about paying for baby raping music... I told you so. Down vote me some more.
    Portugeezer31
    Just check the BBC's report, or WalesOnline's report. Truly terrible, let me quote; "He accepts being a determined and committed peadophile" the 2 women involved volunteered their own children to sex abuse by him, and by the women themselves. All of which is recorded on video. He also had text one of the mothers saying "if you're mine, so is your baby". It's just very sick. Especially when he's been proven to have child sex photos from as early as 2006.
    rmwaters3000
    The BBC Wales website has a lot more details on it, but refrains from publishing some of it, saying "Some of the evidence was too extreme and distressing to report". I have never seen that before, and there is some very worrying stuff they DID report...
    sca.smith
    I grew up in South Wales where a lot of my peers were *huge* Lostprophets fans. I feel sorry for them, that their childhood band and the people they looked up to have been snatched away from them.
    BjarnedeGraaf
    I hope they make sure he doesn't commit suicide. He doesn't deserve the "easy way out". He needs to die in jail.
    Richardbs
    Prisons are full of bad people, but even the bad people know sexual abuse on a child is too far. When the other inmates figure out why he's in there, they'll make him suffer.
    Validischofe
    I don't think it will take much figuring out. He's famous and this is a high profile case. He's in for a tough time from day 1. Then again, for that reason, he will probably be kept on a secure wing with the other sex offenders.
    MetalRock4ever
    Jimmy Saville got away with being a sick c**t by dying but I hope Watkins doesnt... But what punishment can even be considered justice for such a horrible act?
    matteo cubano
    he needs much more than that to happen in jail
    BjarnedeGraaf
    He needs to know how it feels to get raped. I agree to that.
    HDI
    What, so someone should be raped because raping people is wrong?
    Epi g-310
    Hair of the dog you stuck your dick in, you know. Seriously, when did the justice system become the revenge system? This filth is being put away, in all likelihood for the rest of his life, and that's what he deserves, nothing more. Rape is never right.
    heavywinter101
    You know what Watkins did wasn't right, but when these kind of things happen you really see the ugliness in other people come out. So many posters calling for his death in prison, making him suffer, "rape him to death" death is too good for him etc. So many people on here ready to wish horrible suffering on someone without even having a first hand account of what really happened, and that's not even saying he didn't do it, that's just saying you have no idea what actually happened, not what the internet says not what the prosecutors say not what his lawyers say, but what actually truly happened. It's something that no one on here can ever really know yet so many are ready to inflict unthinkable suffering(on par with what he is accused of himself) on this guy. Really makes you think about people.
    fanapathy
    This post by heavywinter needs to be read as this is important to notice. Besides the actual story, this thread is scary on many other levels.
    HDI
    Glad someone agrees with me. A lot of people on here are giving me shit for saying this.
    heavywinter101
    I wouldn't put too much stock into them(I'm sure you're not loosing sleep over it lol)When mob mentality runs wild people say a lot of harsh things. not to mention it's a pretty shitty situation and is probably quite upsetting to some people, having a member of a band they looked up to at some point, wind up (seemingly) as a pedo baby raper, not a fun situation I imagine.
    HDI
    haha nah, I just slept for like 10 hours. Anywho, I hope these people calm down a bit and stop saying such horrible things.
    loungeact88
    If you think about it, he probably already does. Chances are, he experienced some kind of childhood abuse growing up which could explain his actions, but it definitely doesn't excuse them. Not by a long shot..
    sucubus
    just think of all those people who have lostprophets tattoos.....awkward!
    Lee Makky
    So when you have a child, and they get raped, we'll see if you're still making jokes about it. Asshole.
    iommi600
    Seek help, mate. Seek professional help...
    MetalRock4ever
    There's only a certain level when help like that works... even if Watkins went to rehab, he would never recover... I feel so sorry for fans, family, but mainly the band. They've been with him for a long time during this disgusting period.
    TheNumber6
    He's worse than Tim Lambesis
    mattjamesrenn
    Hate to be one of the pitchfork wielding folk here but hiring someone to off your greedy wife is morally petty crime in comparison. Note: I do not know his wife or situation and have no position to judge.
    MichaelScarn
    ya they should have tim down some more roids and beat the crap out of this piece of crap- he would be using his anger and strength for something good haha
    Mr Winters
    I just read the whole thing on BBC News. Truly awful. I'm disgusted and disappointed, how the **** can a man be so twisted? Lostprohets were a great band, it's a shame that they will forever be known as the band with a pedo vocalist.
    javdoc
    They should auction off the rights to 10 min alone with this POS in a room with no video cameras and give the proceeds to a charity to protect children.
    MetalRock4ever
    You must have been one of the people who liked this story... If you're going to joke, wait a long, long time because this is just as worse as Saville.
    Finnferno
    this is F'ed up! Really liked this band when growing up, so to hear this news is sickening...
    jizzo
    Although he committed the most abhorrent of offenses, and I genuinely feel sympathy for for all of his victims who have suffered the most traumatizing and scarring events, I don't think we should burn the guy at stake. I'm not familiar with him or his music, but clearly to commit actions like these, he is less a criminal and more a very mentally ill individual. Understandably, in light of actions like these, people often forget that his actions are the result of what his brain and body demand he do, at any cost. His actions are gruesome and sickening, and he should be locked up, however not in a prison, but a psychiatric ward.
    Kamikazekog
    Pedophilia is not a mental illness, although it is often misrepresented as such. It's a sexual fetish, but the reason it is illegal is because it harms another human being mentally and potentially physically. This man was completely in control of himself and his own actions. He chose to act, he was compelled to do so. He could have lived his entire life not acting upon his fetish, but he did, and now he has to face the music. I do agree that we shouldn't burn him at the stake, but he shouldn't be let off too lightly.
    Kakophony
    Pedophilia is a mental illness and classified as a paraphilia. Sexual fetishes involve nonliving objects. Straight from psychopathology class.
    Creex
    Doesn't change the fact, that he was completely aware of what he was doing.
    !..!_Rock_!..!
    So what determines if a philia is a mental illness or not?
    Kamikazekog
    The presence of inanimate objects apparently. Although there are plenty of fetishes that do not involve inanimate objects. /:
    sideslick
    Need For Speed Underground 1 has been ruined for me. "To Hell We Ride" was in the tracklisting. Whelp, I guess that one's turned off from now on!
    Ishiga
    Coulda swore it was just "Ride" but yeah I know exactly what you're talking about, played the **** outta that as a kid and that was one of my fave tracks to race to. I was never a huge LP fan but they weren't half bad either. Still got respect for the rest of the band but Watkins, he's got some real nasty karma coming his way.
    sideslick
    "To Hell We Ride" was renamed to "Ride" for the game's tracklisting because it had what EA considers a profanity in the word "hell".
    vppark2
    Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja was on ATV Offroad Fury 2. Thats when I became a fan.
    Izzy-Sweet
    Oh hell, I was never into Lost Prophets, but I have friends who loved them and idolised this guy. I remember their posters of him on the walls, calling him the "sweetest guy ever". I feel sorry for them now. They're gonna be torn in half over this.
    Dyn1985
    Terrible generic pop/rock at its finest, never liked them, I Hope he gets what's coming to him inside though these days the way this type of scum are separated from the main prison Populace means it'll be like a holiday for him, hell he'll probably even get an xbone/ps4 before I do!! Justice won't be Served, never is in this country (England).
    dan0z
    It makes you wonder, is the guy real worth rehabilitating?? I don't know why there isn't a stronger push for bringing back capital punishment for 1st degree murderers and much harsher punishments for pedophiles and rapists such as chemical castration. Turn them into eunuchs so they can't re-offend.
    Vincentdrummer
    Terrible news. Time to never listen to lostprophets again. It will only remind me of this truly disgusting act. This man deserves every single thing that is coming to him.
    Iaraeluun
    Despite the charges, I still revere the band's music and his singing definitely will be missed, a shame it had to end like this.
    TomM96
    Absolutely sick, this bastard needs to get physically castrated without anaesthetic, I was waiting for that slim chance that he wouldn't be guilty but apparently not so. That's also the careers of his bandmates ruined
    SHaun Steel
    I hope they nail this F**ker to wall in prison and tear him apart limb by limb. The chances are though that this prick will be put in isolation for whatever f**ked up sentence is likely to be handed down. We all know the UK justice system always seems to favor lenient sentences for bastards like this. Sickening!!! We should bring back the death penalty for monsters like Watkins, he did plead guilty so he is banged to rights let that f**ker swing!!!
    HDI
    He's still a person. Still a human being. The death penalty is wrong in any case.
    BoobuleeGroovin
    That's only because it cost so much money. Last time I checked a single round came pretty damn cheap
    mustaine42
    Not it's ****ing not. Your idealist view point is bullshit. This man raped babies, **** him. Bring back the firing squad for this prick.
    HDI
    Don't call me an idealist. That's not what I am. And you're a fool for thinking you have the right to say who deserves to die.
    MichaelScarn
    death penalty should be reserved for the most severe of the serial killers IMO this guy just has to rot in prison and think about what he did for the rest of his miserable life
    douvillionaire
    A person who does this has lost all dignity and humanity. There's nothing wrong with abusing this guy.
    MichaelScarn
    hell will do that, they should just throw him in jail and let the prisoners deal with him- child abusers arent even looked at fondly there
    MaidenisGOD89
    What a sick mother****er! i feel sorry for the bandmates that are going to be associated with that sick pedo ****! Now he can rot in prison as he so rightfully deserves, and I sure hope that the bandmates won't get screwed over by this sick bastards actions!
    Rockeagle540
    i know i said give him a break until hes proven guilty, but ****ing scumbag should be drawn and quartered
    cwkornfan
    my bet is he gets stabbed to death no more than a few weeks after his sentence. there's a lot of bad people in prison but there's a lot of them that would have a field day with this guy. he'll get his real quick
    tvdinnerguy7
    Well UG was 1 for 3 spelling the word trial correctly... unless they actually meant trail