Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins denies 24 sex charges
Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has denied committing 23 sexual offences involving children.
The 35-year-old appeared in Cardiff Crown Court today via videolink alongside two women who are also accused.
Among Watkins’ charges are two of raping a one-year-old girl, conspiracy to rape another child, sexual assault, aiding and abetting sexual assault and conspiracy to sexually assault a child.
He’s further accused of making, taking and possessing indecent images, plus a 24th charge of possessing extreme pornographic images involving an animal.
The vocalist only spoke during the hearing to confirm his identity. Afterwards a statement from him was read outside court which said: “I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for their 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.”
The next hearing takes place on Thursday.