Former Lostprophets bandmates 'did not know' about Ian Watkins' sexual abuse of children

Band release statement about their former singer's guilty plea

Former Lostprophets bandmates 'did not know' about Ian Watkins' sexual abuse of children

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Former Lostprophets bandmates have said they were not aware lead singer Ian Watkins was sexually abusing children.

Earlier this week, former guitarist Lee Gaze expressed his relief to the swift resolution of his ex-bandmate's trial. Gaze said that the band could now get "closure" on the ordeal and thanked fans for their support.

Now, in a statement posted on their official Facebook page, the band have said that they are "heartbroken, angry and disgusted" at what has been revealed in a court room this week.

The statement read: "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 egotistical 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."

On Tuesday (November 26), Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby. Two female co-defendants, who cannot be named, also admitted to numerous child sex offences. Read the full story here and here.

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