They had two top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart, one number one single on the Alternative Songs chart, and have sold millions of records worldwide.
Now, Lostprophets lead signer Ian Watkins will go on trial in the UK tomorrow, facing 24 horrific charges, including two separate counts of attempted rape of a baby.
According to the Huffington Post, 36-year-old Watkins’ other charges include:
- Conspiracy to rape another child
- Sexual assault
- Aiding and abetting sexual assault by penetration
- Conspiracy to sexually assault a child
- 17 counts of making, taking, and possessing indecent images
- Possessing extreme pornographic images involving an animal
Those are some pretty sickening charges, huh?
And he’s not alone. Two women, who have not been named in the media, will also go on trial with him.
Last month, the remaining band members addressed the situation and announced their official breakup on their Facebook Page:
To our fans:
After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we’ll be forever grateful for all you’ve given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been.
Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike, and Stu
Watkins’ trial will begin Tuesday and is scheduled to conclude by December 20.
Watkins and his co-defendants are pleading not guilty to all charges. I’ll post any updates below.
UPDATE: 11/26/13 8:28 AM
According to Mirror Online, which is providing live updates from the courthouse in Cardiff, Watkins has just pleaded guilty to a slew of his charges – including two of attempting to rape a baby.
He also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, aiding and abetting a female co-defendant to sexually assault a child under 13, possessing indecent photographs of children, taking indecent photographs of children, and possessing extreme pornography depicting a person engaged in a sex act with an animal.
His female co-defendants also pleaded guilty to their charges. I haven’t been able to confirm it, but it sounds as though their charges might involve their own children.
They will all be sentenced at a later date, and although I’m not too familiar with the court system over there, I sincerely hope that even though they pleaded guilty, they will still have a ton of jail time to serve. Their crimes, which they have now admitted to, are beyond scary. Those kids will now likely be forever damaged by their sick and depraved actions.
I’ll keep posting updates below.
UPDATE: 11/26/13 9:18 AM
According to the Mirror Online, the prosecutor made the below statement (in part) about the crimes:
“He (Ian Watkins) has engaged in serious sexual offences against two babies belonging to the female defendants in this case. Not only has he done so but he recorded and kept episodes of this abuse which were recovered by the police.”
They will be sentenced on Wednesday, December 18.