The band members are proud of sticking together throughout the scandal.
Welsh rockers The Lostprophets were shocked at finding out that Ian Watkins was a paedophile, but refuse to be associated with their former bandmate, who confessed to sexually abusing a one-year-old girl and was sentenced to 35 years back in December.
The former bandmates have not performed with Watkins since 2012.
Recently, the case has risen in popularity again as Watkins is about to contest his sentence. On Wednesday, a Cardiff court is to decide whether the musician has grounds for appeal. Watkins is not denying his guilt on 18 counts of attempted rape and sexual assault, sexual assault involving children and taking, making and possessing indecent images of children. However, he thinks that his sentence is too severe and is looking to have his term (29 years in prison and 6 additional years on license) reduced.
The remaining members of the Lostprophets have formed a new band, No Devotion, but the associations with Ian Watkins remain. In a recent interview, Stuart Richardson and Lee Gaze have described how they have coped with the knowledge of Watkins' crimes.
When Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 charges of sexual assault in December 2013, we all wondered how the rest of the Lostprophets simply could not have known that in their midst was a serial sex offender. At the time of Watkins' sentencing, they released a statement explaining they were entirely unaware of his crimes. Now, seven months on, Stuart Richardson and Lee Gaze have explained how they have dealt with the knowledge of their former front man's acts and sentencing.
No Devotion are keen to seperate themselves from the Lostprophets controversey
Watkins was first arrested and charged in December 2012. It took over a year for Watkins' case to be brought to court and his sentence was carried out last December. He was charged with 13 counts of sexual assault including attempted rape of a one-year-old child, possession of indecent images of children and another of animal pornography. With so many question and accusations levied at the band, as to how they could have been unknowing about their lead singer's sexual proclivities, what remained of the Lost Prophets released a statement. They stated "Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not."
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Lostprophets are back as No Devotion
Lostprophets, the Welsh rock band whose former singer Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex offences in 2013, have reformed as No Devotion, a new act fronted by Geoff Rickly.
Geoff Rickly of Thursday [Photo: Getty images, credit: Mark Metcalfe]
Lee Gaze, Stuart Richardson, Mike Lewis, Luke Johnson and Jamie Oliver took a six month hiatus following Watkins' trial and conviction, though have now recruited former Thursday singer Rickly as the new frontman.
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The Lost Prophets singer will serve two thirds of his 29 year sentence.
Ian Watkins has launched an appeal bid after being told that he must serve two thirds of his 29 year sentence before being considered for parole. Watkins, the former singer in rock band Lost Prophets, was jailed after being found guilty of a string of depraved sex crimes against young children that were facilitated by his fame.
Committed Paedophile Ian Watkins Launches Application For Permission To Appeal.
The Court of Appeal move by Watkins, whose 35 year total sentence is made up of a custodial term of 29 years and a further six years on licence, was confirmed by the Judicial Office today, via BBC News. Watkins was sentenced last month at Cardiff Crown Court where he confessed to 13 offences and was described by the judge as a "committed and determined paedophile."
Ian Watkins will be in jail for 35 years.
Ian Watkins, the paedophile former singer of Lostprophets, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after admitting a string of sex offences involving children including the attempted rape of a baby. Two women (apparently named by Peaches Geldof on Twitter), known only as Woman A and Woman B - the mothers of the abused - were sentenced to 14 and 17 years respectively.
Ian Watkins Has Been Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison
During the sentencing, it emerged that the day after the singer admitted his offences, he told a female fan from prison that he was going to issue a statement saying it had been "mega lolz," and that he didn't know, "what everybody is getting so freaked out about."
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It's been a mixed bag for new this week, with a mixture of happy, sad and downright disgraceful news coming out of the never-dull world of entertainment.
Ian Watkins Trial: It's a shame we have to start with this one but little else has seen the headlines all week. The disgraced former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, 36, describing himself as a "determined and committed paedophile" in the ongoing court case, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted rape and 12 other offences including sexual assault and taking, making and distributing indecent images of children.
What's more, innocent parties including Alexa Chung, Fearne Cotton and Ian "H" Watkins from Steps have been dragged into the reporting. Peaches Geldof has received stern criticism after she shared the names of the women who let Watkins abuse their children.
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The socialite tweeted the names of two women who let their babies be abused by Ian Watkins.
Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Bob Geldof, has found herself in trouble after she shared the names of two women who allowed disgraced former Lostprophets singer to abuse their babies. The bizarre and sickening case has unearthed shocking details about Watkins, a man described as a "determined and committed paedophile" in the ongoing court case.
Peaches Geldof Shared The Names Of Ian Watkins' Female Co-Conspirators.
Watkins pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted rape and 12 other offences including sexual assault and taking, making and distributing indecent images of children. However, the identities of the two women, and therefore their children, have been kept secret. Peaches is said to have found the names of the women on an American website and shared them with her Twitter followers.
Continue reading: Peaches Geldof In Hot Water After Naming Ian Watkins Abuse Trial Women
The disgraced singer's parents are distraught.
Ian Watkins’ parents have spoken out for the first time since the former Lostprophets frontman pleaded guilty to an array of harrowing charges, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Ian Watkins back in 2007
''This is so hard. It's overwhelming. It has affected every aspect of our lives. It's the first thing a parent asks themselves - where did we go wrong? What happened?” Minister John Davies told The Daily Mail.
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Watkins will be sentenced in December
The former Lostprophets front-man Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to a range of child abuse offenses, including the attempted rape of a baby. He pleaded guilty to ‘attempted rape’ and ‘attempted sexual assault’ of a child under 13 but denied charges of ‘rape’, according to the BBC.
Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to multiple sexual abuse charges
The news comes after the 36-year-old “furiously denied" the allegations. Prosecuting barrister Chris Clee QC told the court: "Ian Watkins was the lead singer in a successful band called the Lostprophets. He accepts he was a determined and committed paedophile."
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Ian Watkins - Former frontman of rock band Lostprophets Ian Watkins seen pictured back in 2010 holding a baby doll outside the stage door of The Academy music venue,Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 18th May 2010
The pop-punkers are going their separate ways after sixteen years
It’s a sad way to end things for a band that were so popular, but the Lost Prophets have decided to split ahead of Ian Watkin’s trial for child sex offences. He is due to stand trial at the end of the year, and is accused of raping a baby in addition to 22 other sex offences.
"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,” said the band in a statement released via their Facebook page.
Watkins performing at Manchester's 02