This weekend, Ian Watkins’ Lostprophets bandmates joined the rest of the world in reacting to the singer’s horrific admittance to multiple child-sex accusations, including the attempted rape of a one-year-old baby.
The Welsh rock band, which officially disbanded in October after more than a year of sex offense accusations being leveled at Watkins, posted a detailed statement to their Facebook page. Signed “Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu,” they claimed they didn’t know about their frontman’s crimes, and are “heartbroken, angry and disgusted” at the news last week, when Watkins admitted to his charges. “We never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted.
Watkins pleaded guilty to a range of charges in Cardiff courts last week. Sentencing it set for December 18.
Read the entire statement below, or scroll through it via Facebook.
LOSTPROPHETS RELEASE STATEMENT OVER IAN WATKINS CHILD-SEX CASE
Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Ian were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court. Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake. Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behaviour is now impossible to deny.
Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character. Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge. But despite his battles with drugs, his egotistic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted.
We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Being in a band has always been a labour of love and a platform to inspire people, not to take advantage of them. It’s still hard to believe this is happening and that someone we were once so close to has destroyed so many lives, lying every step of the way.
Our hearts go out to Ian’s family, the fans and friends he betrayed, and most importantly, the victims of his crimes and others like them. We hope for justice, but also that Ian will truly take responsibility for what he’s done. We would urge any other victims to contact the authorities.