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."
Continue reading: Former Lostprophets Band Mates On Ian Watkins: "What A F**king C**t"
The radio presenter didn't expect that revealing her assault at the hands of Rolf Harris would lead to online backlash.
Vanessa Feltz has spoken with horror and dismay towards the reaction she faced online after she revealed that disgraced TV presenter Rolf Harris touched her indecently. The radio presenter described how the disgraced entertainer put his hand up her dress and felt her legs during a The Big Breakfast interview in May 1996.
The 52 year-old presenter has criticised the reaction her admission attracted from social media users. Speaking to BBC London 94.9, she said: "The kind of reaction I have had, I found so upsetting. I was upset by the outpouring of misogyny and hatred and you know 'who would want to assault Vanessa Feltz'."
The 84 year-old artist, musician and television personality was sentenced last week to five years and nine months in jail for a series of sex attacks on girls as young as seven or eight. Feltz said she had kept quiet about the incident at the time because "I thought it only happened to me."
Continue reading: Vanessa Feltz Hit With “Bile” After Rolf Harris Assault Admission
Rolf Harris' sentence has been confirmed as "unduly lenient"
Rolf Harris has been sentenced to the best part of 6 years in prison after he was found guilty for 12 counts of indecent assault. The sentence comes under the remit of “unduly lenient”, the office of the Attorney General has now confirmed.
Rolf Harris has been found guilty and sentenced on abuse charges - photo: Getty 2014, Tristan Fewings
The judge told Harris: "For well over 50 years you have been a popular entertainer and TV personality of international standing with a speciality in children's entertainment. You are also an artist of renown.
Disgraced Australian entertainer Rolf Harris fronted this educational video back in 1985, warning children about the dangers of sexual abuse and how to tell the difference between 'yes and no' feelings. The footage is all the more chilling after Harris was found guilty on Monday (30Jun14) of sexually assaulting girls as young as seven, dating back to the 1960s, before the presenter decided to make this video. He even sings with children the lines, my body's nobody's body but mine, you run your own body, let me run mine. Shown on YouTube.Disgraced Australian entertainer Rolf Harris fronted this educational video back in 1985, warning children about the dangers of sexual abuse and how to tell the difference between 'yes and no' feelings. The footage is all the more chilling after Harris was found guilty on Monday (30Jun14) of sexually assaulting girls as young as seven, dating back to the 1960s, before the presenter decided to make this video. He even sings with children the lines, my body's nobody's body but mine, you run your own body, let me run mine. - Tuesday 1st July 2014
Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault.
Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. The charges relate to four alleged victims, the youngest of whom was just seven or eight at the time. The jury made up of six men and six women were sent out to consider their verdicts on June 19 and returned on Monday morning to deliver the decision.
Rolf Harris Was Found Guilty on 12 Counts
During the Rolf Harris trial, which opened on May 9, prosecutors claimed that the entertainer was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who had a darker side to his personality and used his global fame to abuse young girls. His defence had said Harris' reputation had been "trashed" by the prosecution which did not reach the standard of criminal proof.
Continue reading: Rolf Harris Facing 10 Years In Prison After Guilty Verdicts
It has been a violent week in showbiz, with aggression from Alec Baldwin, Justin Bieber and the Solange/Jay Z camps.
Cannes Panning: We'd love to say we were starting the round-up on a high with the Cannes Film Festival but unfortunately for new royal biopic Grace of Monaco, there is no good news to be found. The Nicole Kidman-starring true story dramatization has been almost universally crushed by Cannes critics who found the acting wooden, the script trite and the entire picture worse than the much-slated Diana pic. You can watch the trailer here though - it's worth it for the beautiful costumes and idyllic tax-haven setting.
Baldwin Busted: Alec Baldwin should probably sneak off to some meditation resort in the mountains for the next few months until this latest debacle blows over. The hot-headed actor and TV host, who is known for his many altercations with paps, had a run-in with police this week when he was caught riding his bicycle the wrong way down a busy New York street and flew into a rage when the cops asked to see his ID. It didn't end well for the 30 Rock star: read about all the drama here.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Batman Revealed, Baldwin Busted, An Elevator Bust-Up
Rolf Harris is facing 12 charges of indecent assault
Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC has described Rolf Harris as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character to portray the alleged abuse for which he is currently a defendant in a high profile trial. She suggests Harris's alleged victims were overawed, saying: "Mr Harris was too famous, too powerful and his reputation made him untouchable," according to multiple sources, including Herald Scotland.
Rolf Harris is facing 12 charges of indecent assault
Harris’ case spans 25 years from the late 1960s and covers 10 complainants, none of whom can be named for legal reasons. Harris faces charges in connection with only four of these, with the remainder of the alleged offences taking place outside the UK before 1997, the date before they could be prosecuted in a British court.
Rolf Harris is charged with 12 counts of abuse.
The popular children's entertainer Rolf Harris groomed and molested a friend of his daughter from the age of 13 onward, Southwark Crown Court has heard. Mr Harris is accused of indecently assaulting the unnamed girl, and three other girls, between 1968 and 1986, reports BBC News.
Rolf Harris Arriving at Southwark Crown Court
The court heard that the girl used alcohol to cope from the age of 14 and was abused by Mr Harris until she was 29. Harris, 84 - described as a "Jekyll and Hyde" character - denies all 12 charges.
Rolf Harris appeared in court on charges of sexual offences including nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children. Harris was bailed and is set to appear in court again on 7th October.
Rolf Harris appeared in court yesterday, Monday 23rd September, charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children.
Rolf Harris outside the ITV studios, photographed before his legal troubles began.
Appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, the 83-year-old answered briefly to personal questions and was referred to Southwark Crown Court. He was granted bail and released with his first court appearance set for 7th October.
Continue reading: Rolf Harris In Court On Sex Offence Charges
Stuart Hall, at the age of 83, will spend over a year in prison for sexually abusing young girls.
Stuart Hall's prison sentence was passed down at Preston Crown Court on Monday (June 17, 2013), with the veteran BBC broadcaster told he will serve 15 months for sexually abusing under-age girls. Hall, 83, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, had admitted to 14 offences that occurred between 1967 and 1985. One of the girls was just nine-years-old when Hall assaulted her.
The broadcaster's barrister Crispin Aylett told the court that Hall has "all of 13" victims, compared to Jimmy Savile's 1,300. Prosecuting barrister Peter Wright QC said Hall's first victim was 16 at the time of the assault, with the TV personality meeting her at a prize giving ceremony at the BBC studios in Piccadilly, Manchester.
Continue reading: Stuart Hall Sent To Prison For 15 Months: Is It Long Enough?
Courtney Love doesn’t have much of a track record when it comes to cover versions. With her band Hole, she would often play a version of Guns N Roses’ ‘Paradise City’ that she would abandon half way through. Same goes for Depeche Mode’s ‘Hungry Like A Wolf,’ though the band did release a brilliant cover of Velvet Underground’s ‘Pale Blue Eyes,’ it has to be said.
When we heard that Courtney Love covered Jay Z’s ’99 Problems,’ though, we feared for the worst. And, sadly, our fears were confirmed. “This either sucks or it’s genius, I don’t know,” she said as she introduced the song at her impromptu Sundance Film Festival set.