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BloodoftheKings
12-19-2012, 02:10 AM
Welsh rock star Ian Watkins is to appear before magistrates charged with child sex offences, police have said.

Officers said the Lostprophets vocalist – whose hits include Last Train Home – had been arrested as part of a continuing investigation.

A spokesman said: "A Pontypridd man has been charged with sexual offences against children and is due to appear at Cardiff magistrates court today.

"The 35-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.

"In order to assist their investigation, South Wales police has named the man as Ian Watkins, a member of the rock group Lostprophets."

Police added that two women, aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and Bedford respectively, had been charged with "similar offences" and were also due to appear in court.

All three were questioned at Cardiff Bay police station.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Peter Doyle said specially trained staff were available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation.

"I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us," he added.

"Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken."

Police are asking anyone with any information concerning the investigation to contact the Operation Globe incident room on 0800 056 0154, or the NSPCC on 0800 389 5347.

source (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/19/lostprophets-singer-ian-watkins-charged)

mankvill
12-19-2012, 03:04 AM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh41c7oH6N1qgshhto1_500.png

ravenheart
12-19-2012, 05:17 AM
> Welsh.

Steev
12-19-2012, 06:27 AM
All I can think of is an old AP article where is said the band engaged in tickle fights


Now shits getting real

RampinUp46
12-19-2012, 11:24 AM
All I can think of is an old AP article where is said the band engaged in tickle fights


Now shits getting real

Yeah, especially since the kid was apparently one year old.

elturtleboy
12-19-2012, 12:12 PM
The pre teens at warped tour can be very tempting.

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2012, 03:21 PM
Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been charged by a Welsh court with conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl and five other sex offenses, the BBC reports. Watkins, 35, hasn't admitted to the charges, which allegedly took place between May and December of this year.

The singer is also accused of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children. A 20-year-old woman faces the same charges as Watkins, while a 24-year-old woman faces five of the same charges but not conspiracy to rape. Watkins was remanded to custody following a court appearance today in Cardiff.

The singer co-founded Lostprophets in 1997. The band has released five albums, including their most recent, Weapons, which came out this past April.


Holy shit. That is beyond fucked up.

hellawaits77ny
12-20-2012, 05:33 AM
Wow, just wow. What a sick, disgusting piece of shit. I hope he is violentley raped in prison.

ravenheart
12-20-2012, 05:37 AM
Loving the immediate conclusion of guilt here :lol:

energymetal14
12-20-2012, 08:02 AM
Loving the immediate conclusion of guilt here :lol:

:lol: The court may be innocent until proven guilty, but the public always assumes guilty.

ravenheart
12-20-2012, 08:22 AM
:lol: The court may be innocent until proven guilty, but the public always assumes guilty.

I'm assuming guilt too, but that's because he's Welsh.

ravenheart
12-20-2012, 08:23 AM
Statement from the rest of the band:

"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.

Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu."

ravenheart
11-26-2013, 08:47 AM
Found guilty today.

He pleaded guilty to nearly everything, as did the two women accused with him (the mothers of the children involved, believe it or not).

There was graphic video evidence that the jury were spared having to watch.

Not pleasant reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25108439

Nater
11-26-2013, 09:01 AM
So all those years it wasn't him screaming his heart out on rooftops

Dextrimental
11-26-2013, 09:02 AM
Dear lord that is one sick son of a bitch. I hope his sentence remains severe, despite the obvious straw clutching with the guilty-plea.

dcmetal108
11-26-2013, 09:30 AM
Dear lord that is one sick son of a bitch. I hope his sentence remains severe, despite the obvious straw clutching with the guilty-plea.

He deserves life but watch him get a few years instead. Also all their shitty music is now forever banned pretty much.

Scumbag.

Also he was convicted of having sex with 16 year old bands but there are a few shitty bands in hard rock that have done the same thing and got off with it.

hellawaits77ny
11-26-2013, 09:42 AM
Also he was convicted of having sex with 16 year old bands but there are a few shitty bands in hard rock that have done the same thing and got off with it.

Yep.

I hope all three of them are violently raped in prison.

ravenheart
11-26-2013, 02:01 PM
Can't believe the two mothers...

MPF
11-28-2013, 09:32 AM
There is no way any of those 3 will survive prison, thankfully.

ravenheart
11-28-2013, 09:36 AM
Lots of people asking the same questions right now. Given that we're to believe he was so careless about this in terms of leaving a paper trail, and given that it was apparently a known thing to some fans, how did his bandmates, management, label etc. not know?

toolfansat
11-28-2013, 07:39 PM
Seee?? That "heavy metal" music you kids listen to is evil! EEEVIL!

illuminatus917
11-29-2013, 02:26 AM
Maybe they'll have him share a cell with the Snowtown killers.

illuminatus917
11-29-2013, 02:31 AM
I'm assuming guilt too, but that's because he's Welsh.

Is it common for the Welsh to engage in these types of activities?

ravenheart
11-29-2013, 03:39 AM
Is it common for the Welsh to engage in these types of activities?

It's common for the Welsh to be guilty.

300%_Density
11-29-2013, 07:14 AM
Lots of people asking the same questions right now. Given that we're to believe he was so careless about this in terms of leaving a paper trail, and given that it was apparently a known thing to some fans, how did his bandmates, management, label etc. not know?

This is kinda sketchy if it's true. It is a tabloid so you never really know. http://www.theprp.com/2013/11/27/news/ex-lostprophets-tour-manager-speaks-on-ian-watkins-guilty-pleas-alleged-ex-claims-to-have-warned-police/

“Watkin’s ex-girlfriend Joanna Majic, 38, told the Daily Mirror she warned police repeatedly for FOUR years after he confessed to her he was a paedophile.
The former call girl had an on-off relationship with Watkins from 2006 after the rocker sought her out to indulge his sexual fantasies.
She insists he never paid her for sex and they became a couple but she became disgusted by his increasingly dark sexual appetite and was finally horrified when he told he wanted to have sex with children.
She said: “Everything changed for us when he confided in me that he wanted to abuse children in 2008.
“I went straight to South Wales police then and made a complaint but they ignored me and said I needed evidence.
“I warned them this man was a danger to young kids but I think they thought I was just a trouble maker.
“I couldn’t believe how indifferent the police were, it was like they were taking his side and dismissing me as some stalker.
“I told Ian I had gone to the police and we argued but he was so cocky, he did not think the police would touch him and he was right.
“It was then I realised I had to turn off any feelings I had for him and turn on my escort mode.
“I had to treat him as any other client and try and get as much evidence as I could while pretending to be whatever it was he wanted me to be.
“I was determined to save more children from this monster.”
Joanne explained how Ian would chillingly boast to her how he used his fame and glamour to prey on his army of impressionable young fans.
She also revealed how Ian enjoyed turning them into what he shockingly called ‘Superfans’ – women prepared to offer their own children up for sex.”

ravenheart
12-01-2013, 11:38 AM
"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.

Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu"

Travis The Dragon
12-01-2013, 02:28 PM
OMFG!!!!!!!

Words cannot begin to describe the amount of anger and disgust I feel for men like him as well as the amount of sadness I feel for those children!!! If I had my way, men like him would be sent to a specialized prison where they would be severely tortured every day for the rest of their lives!!!

Natrlhi
12-01-2013, 03:51 PM
Wow. When I read the thread title I was expecting to hear that he simply banged a few girls who were technically not of age (not that it's okay, but it happens), but this shit is truly twisted.

Having said that, I'm honestly not that surprised that Watkins's behavior exists. The male mind, when sick and disassociated from what is right and what is wrong, is capable of some pretty horrific things. However, as Andy said, what about these mothers? I can barely fathom the various stories of women neglecting their kids or subjecting them to unhealthy circumstances such as abusive relationships with men, but a woman knowingly and freely offering up her infant child for abuse at the hands of a monster like this is just horrifying.

MPF
12-01-2013, 04:02 PM
Probably old now but I love this:

https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/p480x480/1451520_744560352239655_1357400022_n.jpg

Caped Crusader
12-09-2013, 03:47 PM
At first I thought this was a really, really tasteless joke that a Concerned Mother took too seriously, but Jesus Christ. It's probably safe to say he'll be found guilty on the 18th.

He and Gary Glitter will be great friends.

detuned
12-09-2013, 04:04 PM
he already plead guilty. sentencing is december 18th.

hellawaits77ny
12-09-2013, 06:15 PM
"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.

Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu"

Well said by his bandmates.

I hope he's repeatedly raped violently in prison.

Steev
12-09-2013, 06:31 PM
Well said by his bandmates.

I hope he's repeatedly raped violently in prison.

I feel bad for them, they didn't do this and their pretty much ruined


Met them years ago at Ozzfest and they couldn't have been nicer guys

hellawaits77ny
12-09-2013, 07:07 PM
I feel bad for them, they didn't do this and their pretty much ruined


Met them years ago at Ozzfest and they couldn't have been nicer guys

Me too. Yeah, really sucks for them. Even if they continue on without him, the band's name will forever be tainted.

dcmetal108
12-09-2013, 10:21 PM
The name will never be used again.

I read some large chain has already pulled all their stuff and will no longer sell it.

ravenheart
12-10-2013, 03:36 AM
Indeed, the band officially broke up a few months ago. I'm sure they'll do something new, but as soon as they do the headlines linking them to the old name will come out. It's going to take them years to get away from this.

That's without all the questions along the lines of "how could they not know when apparently fans online knew" etc.

detuned
12-10-2013, 03:58 AM
its probably going to haunt them forever. they could wait 10 years to re-emerge, and there will probably still be that one idiot in the crowd to yell something out.

dcmetal108
12-10-2013, 07:45 AM
Indeed, the band officially broke up a few months ago. I'm sure they'll do something new, but as soon as they do the headlines linking them to the old name will come out. It's going to take them years to get away from this.

That's without all the questions along the lines of "how could they not know when apparently fans online knew" etc.

Maybe dude had his own bus and they only really saw each other on stage. Not uncommon really.

Steev
12-10-2013, 08:59 AM
Maybe dude had his own bus and they only really saw each other on stage. Not uncommon really.

It said he was meeting fans in hotel rooms at one point, lets not forget they're an arena band overseas they have the money

Dextrimental
12-10-2013, 09:44 AM
Allegations go back to 2007, they broke around 2009/2010, so he's been at this as long as they have been doing this professionally basically. The band and management should absolutely be investigated, all well and good not knowing this if they were anything but musicians, but the touring lifestyle has too much living in each others pockets. Specially since they only really play huge shows in the UK, they were never as big anywhere else. I mean they could be totally innocent, but if they were, then I expect they'd have no problem being investigated.

ravenheart
12-10-2013, 09:57 AM
They were big before then. First commercial album in 2000 and I remember that being everywhere at the time. Third album in 2006 was a number one in the UK.

Not that it's relevant. They definitely should question them over it.

ravenheart
12-10-2013, 09:58 AM
Maybe dude had his own bus and they only really saw each other on stage. Not uncommon really.

Nope, but won't stop the questions being asked. I don't think they'll ever stop being asked.

John The Drummer
12-11-2013, 01:58 PM
That's without all the questions along the lines of "how could they not know when apparently fans online knew" etc.

Because everything online is believable and true :tp:
Seriously though, did they know about what people were saying? Possibly, but I wouldn't be surprised if they just brushed it off thinking the fans were just trolling and trying to spreading lies/drama.

ravenheart
12-11-2013, 02:47 PM
Because everything online is believable and true :tp:

Doesn't matter. If this were a regular crime they'd be investigating the people closest to him while it was going on, which is his band and management.

Scepticism over the authenticity of anything said online also won't stop people asking the questions, which is what will persist for the other members.

BloodoftheKings
12-18-2013, 05:44 PM
http://www.nme.com/news/lostprophets/74493

Ian Watkins referred to charges of child sex abuse as "megalolz" in a prison phone call, a court heard today (December 18).

hellawaits77ny
12-18-2013, 06:50 PM
Piece of shit. That's all there is to it.

Datjazzfusion
12-18-2013, 06:53 PM
I wish public executions were still a thing.

Ommie
12-18-2013, 07:43 PM
Uhhhh seriously?

GarageMetal468
12-18-2013, 07:59 PM
Man this guy is fucking stupid

ravenheart
12-19-2013, 02:10 AM
People say "megalolz" out loud?

Onioner
12-19-2013, 02:13 AM
People say "megalolz" out loud?

I'm assuming most normal people don't, but apparently pedophiles do...

detuned
12-19-2013, 05:16 AM
http://i4.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article6422617.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/PA-18507093JPG-6422617.jpg

Ommie
12-20-2013, 11:59 AM
http://www.theprp.com/wp-content/uploads/lostprophetslegtattoo.jpg

Oh for the love of God.

slapguitarer
12-20-2013, 01:44 PM
y

Sepultura69
12-20-2013, 01:58 PM
y

I know, right? He must be a hardcore Lostprophets fan or something. That son of a bitch should be ashamed to have that plastered on his body. :hmm: :hmm: :hmm: :hecho: :barf:

hellawaits77ny
12-20-2013, 04:35 PM
Yes, that person should be beyond shamed. A perfect example of why I have a negative opinion of the human race.

El Gordo
12-20-2013, 05:29 PM
Yeah, what the fuck? You knowingly put a child molester on your leg forever. I hope somebody rips that leg off of you and shoves it up your ass.

MetalIsArt
12-23-2013, 03:49 AM
And to think I actually liked their show @ Werchter 2004 :hmm:

*hangs himself*

ravenheart
12-23-2013, 05:26 AM
The tattoo artist should have flat-out refused to do it. Maybe they didn't appreciate the significance?

Steev
12-23-2013, 08:26 AM
The tattoo artist should have flat-out refused to do it. Maybe they didn't appreciate the significance?

There are people out there with tattoos of swashtickas are you really that shocked???

ravenheart
12-23-2013, 10:34 AM
There are people out there with tattoos of swashtickas are you really that shocked???

All that takes is finding a nazi tattoo artist. I don't imagine those are particularly rare.

An extreme paedophile tattoo artist? Not so sure.

detuned
12-23-2013, 11:09 AM
or the artist had no clue who it was

RampinUp46
12-28-2013, 01:20 PM
http://www.theprp.com/wp-content/uploads/lostprophetslegtattoo.jpg

Oh for the love of God.

Jesus fucking Christ. :barf:

AnthG
12-28-2013, 06:00 PM
The tattoo artist should have flat-out refused to do it. Maybe they didn't appreciate the significance?

He probably doesn't know who he is, and even if he did, tattoo artists aren't held responsible for any message or meaning behind the tattoos. The person getting tattooed signs a waiver stating as such. Same goes for anything that's racist or directing hate towards a certain group of people. Plus, that tattoo looks like it required a lot of time to do, and since most tattoo parlors charge by the hour, they probably made a pretty penny out of it, aren't being held responsible, and likely chose not to include it in their portfolio of work done, so no one will know who did it unless that person who gets tattooed tells others, in which case the artist or tattoo shop will say they had no idea who the dude was or the meaning behind "mega lolz", since a lot of artists don't care to ask about the meaning behind the tattoos they're putting on.

ravenheart
12-28-2013, 06:05 PM
He probably doesn't know who he is, and even if he did, tattoo artists aren't held responsible for any message or meaning behind the tattoos.

Oh yeah, it's not a responsibility thing at all. And for the benefit of the doubt, got to assume they just didn't appreciate the significance. What I'm saying is, if they knew, and still didn't, they're as bad as the guy getting the tattoo within the same context.

AnthG
12-28-2013, 06:13 PM
Maybe, but for all we know if the tattoo artist is aware of who Watkins is there's always the possibility the artist said he disagreed with the reasoning behind getting Watkins's face tattooed on him.

Also, do we know this is necessarily a fan supporting Watkins? It could be some sort of jab against Watkins for being an idiot with that quote, and sporting the face of a man who did absolutely terrible things. For example, at clothing stores in a lot of malls around here there are shirts with Rob Ford smiling with the quote "I have more than enough to eat at home" (referring to his comments regarding denying sexual harrasment of a co-worker), which I'm sure is very much an anti-Ford shirt. This could be the same thing, with a "Mega lolz" being pointed towards Watkins himself for the terrible things he did and going to prison, especially since the picture chosen is a mug shot, not one of him singing or doing a promo photo. Though likely not the best way to do so as it could be misinterpreted.

I'm not saying that's likely, but there is that possibility.

adamclark52
12-28-2013, 07:50 PM
Tattoo artists don't ask questions. It's your body. It's just a job to them. Even if the artist knew very well who it was if the client asked for it and paid his deposit the artist would just do it.

But no matter why whoever did it chose to do it, be it to be ironic, some sick tribute or on a dare, it's the stupidest thing I've seen in my life.

Northern_Shaman
12-29-2013, 11:40 AM
Oh yeah, it's not a responsibility thing at all. And for the benefit of the doubt, got to assume they just didn't appreciate the significance. What I'm saying is, if they knew, and still didn't, they're as bad as the guy getting the tattoo within the same context.

I completely disagree. If the tattoo artist did in fact know the significance of this tattoo, he's sort of doing the world a favour by permanently branding the stupid fuck who wanted to have it done. The options were either:

>there is a sick fuck out there who really wants this tattoo so I might as well make it obvious to others
OR
>there is a sick fuck out there who really wants this tattoo but I won't do it and so no one will know what this guy is like unless he discloses it

People talk a lot of shit on stupid tattoos (I definitely judge them harshly), but I think they're ultimately a good thing. Extremely reliable, near-permanent indicators of someone's mental fortitude. E.g. If tattoos never existed, it would be much harder to separate the kind of woman inclined towards getting a tramp stamp from the ones quality enough to not get one.

Dextrimental
12-29-2013, 12:08 PM
Tattoo artists don't ask questions. It's your body. It's just a job to them. Even if the artist knew very well who it was if the client asked for it and paid his deposit the artist would just do it.

But no matter why whoever did it chose to do it, be it to be ironic, some sick tribute or on a dare, it's the stupidest thing I've seen in my life.

This. I mean, there's a guy out there who has porn site logos all over his face, and there's a guy who got 'Leave Rebecca Black alone' tattoo'd on his arm. Tattoo artists don't choose tattoos for their clients unless the client asks them to, and they only stop a client from getting a tattoo if the ink required wouldn't come out in their skin, allergy to some of the ink being used or the client is clearly not in a clear mental state to make the decision like being drunk or high. After that, it's money in the pocket for the artist.

300%_Density
03-05-2014, 08:59 PM
When you think it's hit a low... A new low happens:

The ongoing probe surrounding convicted pedophile/former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has taken an unexpected turn. A former escort known to have had relations with Watkins named Joanne Mjadzelics (aka Joanna Majic) was quite vocal regarding the depravity Watkins was engaged in.
To that end Mjadzelics gave numerous interviews to the tabloids and press during Watkins‘ court proceedings condemning his behavior; while also stating that her many warnings to the police of his behavior went unanswered. Walesonline.co.uk are now reporting that the 38 year old Mjadzelics herself has been charged with possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
She has been charged with four counts of possession of an indecent image of a child (level 4), two counts of distributing an indecent image of a child (level 1) and one count of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence of distributing an indecent image of a child.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Suzanne Thomas for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales stated of the charges:

“As part of a wider police investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service was asked by South Wales Police to review evidence files relating to alleged offences committed by Joanne Mjadzelics.
I have reviewed this evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Joanne Mjadzelics with four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.
Accordingly, I have authorised South Wales Police to charge Ms Mjadzelics with these offences and she has been bailed to appear before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on 21 March.
May I remind all concerned that Joanne Mjadzelics has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”

Caped Crusader
03-06-2014, 03:19 PM
For he's a jolly good felon, indeed.

ravenheart
07-23-2014, 05:26 AM
His appeal was rejected today.