Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins to stand trial in November

The singer is accused of 23 sexual offences involving children

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins to stand trial in November

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Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins will face trial on 23 sexual offences in November.

The Welsh singer previously denied the charges, which include offences involving children and two of raping a baby. BBC News reports that the trial will begin on November 25 and is expected to last a month. An application to transfer the trial to a venue outside Wales was denied.

Watkins and two women appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video link earlier this week (June 3), with Watkins denying two charges of raping a baby, a charge of conspiracy to rape another child and other offences including sexual assault. He also denied a 24th offence of possessing indecent images involving an animal.

The alleged offences date from 2007. The two women denied sexual offences against children. The next hearing is due to take place on Thursday (June 6).

In March, Watkins issued a statement via his solicitor, which denied all charges and said he would fight to clear his name. "Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made," a statement issued by solicitor Sarah Williams-Martin of Watkins & Gunn Solicitors read. "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."

After Watkins' first appearance in court earlier this year, Lostprophets wrote on their website: : "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."

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