According to BBC News, singer Ian Watkins of the Welsh rock band LOSTPROPHETS has issued a statement denying child-sex-offense charges brought against him at the end of last year.
The statement, issued on behalf of Ian Watkins by his solicitor Sarah Williams-Martin of Watkins Gunn Solicitors, reads: “Mr. Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. 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.”
The 35-year-old musician, who is accused of conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl along with other charges, appeared earlier today (Monday, March 11) via video link from Parc Prison in Bridgend, and will appear in court again in May.
LOSTPROPHETS members Lee Gaze (guitar), Mike Lewis (guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), Jamie Oliver (keyboards) and Luke Johnson (drums) released a statement on their official web site expressing their shock at the charges against Watkins.
LOSTPROPHETS has sold more than three million albums worldwide and topped the U.K. chart with 2006’s “Liberation Transmission”.
The band’s most recent CD, “Weapons”, came out in April 2012.