Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins Reportedly on Suicide Watch While Awaiting Trial
According to the paper, a clinical psychologist has suggested that the musician receive anti-psychotic medication and has recommended that he be moved from Parc Prison to a psychiatric hospital.
The revelations came to light as Watkins appeared via video link at a pre-trial review in Cardiff Crown Court Tuesday morning (Aug. 13). Watkins’ barrister, Sally O’Neill, stated, “He has been seen by a clinical psychologist and she believes he should be receiving anti-psychotic medication … She wants him to be taken to a secure hospital for assessment and treatment.” She added, “He is on suicide watch five times an hour.”
Watkins has denied the 24 sex offenses that he’s been accused of and vowed to clear his name. The singer was accused of the offenses, along with two other women. One of the women still denies all charges against her, while the other has admitted to sexually touching a child and taking and distributing indecent images. Watkins and the two women will remain in custody until their next hearing on Oct. 14.
As for the singer’s bandmates, they admitted they were as shocked as anyone about the news when it came to light late last year. At the time of the incident, the band released this statement: “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.”