The members of the band Lostprophets have released a statement on their website, expressing their shock at learning of their singer Ian Watkins’ arrest on charges of child sex offences. The band’s website has been reduced to a single page, simply reading “Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers. Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu.”
Ian Watkins, 35, appeared in court yesterday. According to a report from The Mirror, he was charged six offences, one of which as conspiring with a female fan, aged 24, to rape a one year old girl. Watkins and two women are also accused of conspiring to engage in sexual activity with a girl under the age of 13. The women have not been named for legal reasons, but police opted to name Watkins in the hope that it could help with their enquiries. The rock singer has also been accused of possessing “extreme pornography,” some of which involves animals.
The accused singer was refused bail, following yesterday’s hearing at Cardiff Crown Court. He is due in court again on December 31, 2012. The band have cancelled a tour that they had planned.