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Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins again denies child sex abuse charges

By | Published on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Ian Watkins

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video link from prison yesterday to plead not guilty to charges relating to child sexual abuse and the making and possession of indecent images, reports Wales Online.

As previously reported, Watkins and two women, who face similar charges, were originally due to enter their pleas in March. However, despite appearing in court – again via video link – the formal entering of pleas was delayed.

Watkins is accused of a total of 24 charges, including two of raping a one year old girl, and others relating to the sexual assault and conspiracy to rape another child a few months older. He also faces seventeen charges relating to the making and possessing of indecent images, and one of possessing extreme pornography involving an animal.

In a statement read out by his lawyer outside the court, Watkins said: “I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for the continued support throughout this whole ordeal. Your support gives my strength. I deny all the allegations made against me and I will continue to fight to clear my name”.

A further hearing will take place this Thursday to determine a date for trial.