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Dec 20, 12 at 10:05amEricF


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Ian Watkins, lead singer of Lostprophets, has been arrested and charged with child sex offences.

The singer has been charged with possession and distribution of indecent images of children, and he has also been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under the age of 13.

Watkins will face Cardiff Crown Court today (Wednesday, December 19, 2012). Two women aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster and Bedford may also face similar charges in the investigation.

Senior Investigating Officer Peter Doyle said: "Specially trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up.

"I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us. Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such, measures have already been taken."

The band has sold over 3.5 million albums worldwide and their fifth studio album, 'Weapons,' reached number nine on the UK album chart this year.
"Watkins is also alleged to have conspired to rape a one-year-old girl with another woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons"

The band's most recent statement.

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'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. Signed, Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu.'
This is some serious shit!

Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

Dec 22, 12 at 8:55am
Wilhelm Ryan


Wowow, what a sick bastard. Sadly, can't say I'm surprised by shit like this anymore, as you see it damn-near every day in the news; "famous musician" or not. Had no idea who Ian Watkins was prior to his... I had heard of the band, but never really listened to them.



Dec 21, 12 at 3:41pm
Paranoid Android


quote Star of Spurs
quote Paranoid Android
I will probably never listen to them again, tbh.
Why?

There are five other members of the band. Lostprophets are not Ian Watkins.
Because from now on, when I hear them, I'll always remember this stuff on Ian Watkins.



Dec 21, 12 at 3:36pm
BlackLabel


quote dxnation
quote Star of Spurs
Why is she not allowed to be named but he is?
Usually to protect innocent parties who may be involved or connected to the crime being investigated. The woman may have children, for example. Hard to say really until more details are published.
When it's put like that it makes it more likely that they have hard evidence against Ian but not so much if any for the other two. I did think when he was outed by the Police that they wouldn't have done it for a crime like this if they had a doubt about his guilt.



Dec 21, 12 at 3:36pm
Star of Spurs


quote Paranoid Android
I will probably never listen to them again, tbh.
Why?

There are five other members of the band. Lostprophets are not Ian Watkins.



Dec 21, 12 at 3:29pm
Paranoid Android


I will probably never listen to them again, tbh.



Dec 21, 12 at 3:23pm
dxnation


Utterly shocked and disgusted at this.. Never would have suspected him. :/

quote Star of Spurs
Why is she not allowed to be named but he is?
Usually to protect innocent parties who may be involved or connected to the crime being investigated. The woman may have children, for example. Hard to say really until more details are published.



Dec 21, 12 at 3:07pm
Star of Spurs


quote EricF
Why is she not allowed to be named but he is?

Saw them live this year. Horrible stuff if true, which is sounding increasingly likely.



Dec 21, 12 at 2:50pm
BlackLabel


quote Darnit
Does this mean they'll stop putting out terrible music?
Probably not though it may mean they get a better vocalist seeing as Ian Watkins has never been a good vocalist. I don't think they will stop though.



Dec 21, 12 at 1:40pm
Darnit


Does this mean they'll stop putting out terrible music?



Dec 21, 12 at 1:37pm
Wakaman


Man, this is some seriously *bleep*ed up shit. You'd think that this guy would've been arrested sooner with how much those guys talked about his ways.

And raping animals? *bleep*.

By the looks of those comments the band new what he did.

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happened when they had the huge fall out because she betrayed him three years ago by reporting him to the police, I don't know the full details but that's what happened. You ask why he gets away with things, well, that's a silly question. Why does any celebrity get away with things should be the question. He's not the only celeb to be getting away things like this, the world is full of them and it's pretty retarded of you to think otherwise
Four years ago holy crap.




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