Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins to Stand Trial for Alleged Sex Offenses in November
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins will stand trial and face nearly two dozen charges of sexual offenses involving children this fall, with the case scheduled to begin on Nov. 25. Two of those charges include the rape of an infant.
The singer, 35, has denied all the charges that have been dropped on his doorstep and vowed to clear his name earlier this week. In the statement, the frontman thanked his fans, his friends and his family for supporting him through this unfathomable ordeal.
His bandmates have remained somewhat mum and distanced themselves from the situation when the news broke in December of last year, saying that they were as shocked as the rest of us when Watkins was taken into custody and accused of some rather disturbing crimes.
The band's statement at the time read as follows: "Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers."
Watkins stands accused of alleged sex crimes along with two other women who have not been named. They, too, are charged with alleged sexual offenses against children.
According to the BBC, Watkins and the women appeared via a video link before the Cardiff Crown Court in Wales today (June 6) as the trial date was set. The trial will begin almost a year to the day after Watkins was arrested and it's expected to last a month. An application was made to move the trial to a venue outside of Wales, but it was denied.