Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has strenuously denied all charges against him in a statement released by solicitors, after court proceedings regarding his alleged child sex offences were postponed until May.
All charges against Watkins were expected to be formally laid at a hearing that took place on 11th March in Cardiff Crown Court, South Wales. The English singer was to appear via videolink from Parc Prison, Bridgend where he is currently being held, but technical difficulties forced proceedings to be postponed until an unspecified date towards the end of May.
Watkins’ solicitor says his client has denied all charges against him and states that Watkins will “fight to the bitter end” to prove his innocence. The statement also notes Watkins’ gratitude for the support of family, friends and fans:
“Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time.”
Watkins was taken into custody last December over various sexual offences including conspiracy to rape a baby and possessing extreme animal pornography.
The full list of charges against Watkins are conspiracy to rape a baby, 2 counts of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children and possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children and possessing extreme animal pornography.
Two women aged 20 and 24 were charged alongside Watkins. The 20-year-old is charged with the same offences as Watkins, except conspiracy rape, while the 24-year-old faces all the same charges as Watkins.
Watkins’ trial is laid down to commence on the week beginning 15th June.