Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Pleads Not Guilty To Raping A Baby
Singer Ian Watkins of the metal band Lostprophets entered a plea of not guilty to 24 offenses including the rape of a one-year-old, production of child pornography, and the possession of “extreme pornographic images” involving an animal.
The 35-year-old British frontman, along with two unnamed women, 20 and 24 years old, appeared in a Cardiff court yesterday (June 3) via closed-circuit TV from their jail cell to deny the sexual offenses, reports the BBC.
The gruesome crimes were alleged to have occurred between 2007 and 2012.
A trial date will be determined this Thursday.
Following yesterday’s appearance, Watkins’ laywer echoed sentiments from his March 11 statement, “furiously” denying all of the allegations. “He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name,” said Sarah Williams-Martin. “He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time.”
Watkins co-founded Lostprophets in 1997, with the band going on to produce five studio albums, the most recent being Weapons, released in April 2012. The band has sold more than 3.5 million records worldwide, with two singles reaching the British top 10.