According to BBC News, singer Ian Watkins of the Welsh rock band LOSTPROPHETS pleaded not guilty today (Monday, June 3) to a total of 24 charges, including two charges of raping a baby.
Watkins, 35, allegedly twice raped the child, who was under 12 months old at the time.
The rape charges were revealed when Watkins appeared at court via video link from prison.
A statement from the singer was read outside court. It said: “I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for there continued support throughout this whole ordeal. Your support gives me strength.
“I deny all the allegations made against me and will continue to fight to the end to clear my name.”
Watkins faces further charges of possessing, taking and making indecent photographs of children — the oldest of them dating back to March 2007.
Two women — one aged 20 and the other 24 — are facing a child-sex charge alongside Watkins.
Another hearing will be held on Thursday where a trial date will be discussed.
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.