December 19, 2013 13:32

Steps singer 'H' receives apology in court following Ian Watkins mix-up

Apology follows website accidentally publishing a picture of him alongside a story about convicted Lostprophets frontman

Steps singer 'H' receives apology in court following Ian Watkins mix-up

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Pop star Ian 'H' Watkins has received an official apology in court from a website who published a picture of him alongside a story about convicted paedophile Ian Watkins, formerly of Lostprophets.

As reported at the time, entertainment website E! Online incorrectly published a photograph of the Steps singer (known to fans as H) in a story about the former Lostprophets singer, after he pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby.

Posting an update to fans on Facebook earlier today (December 19), 'H' wrote: "In Court this morning E! have publically apologised to me and a statement has been read in court to make the position clear. This was not something that I did lightly but it was important to me that a public statement was made so that there is no confusion going forward."

He continues: "I am really pleased that it has been resolved so quickly so that my family and I can try and move on from what has been an extremely distressing time."

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Ian Watkins is the subject of police investigations in Germany and the USA. Watkins was sentenced yesterday (December 18) in Cardiff Crown Court and was given a 29-year jail sentence as well as an extended license for six years after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences.

During sentencing, Judge Justice Royce said that Watkins posed a "significant risk" to women and children and that he and the co-defendants had plumbed "new depths of depravity" and that the case was so extreme it "breaks new ground". He told them: "Any decent person looking at or listening to material here would experience shock, revulsion, anger and incredulity." Read the full story from the trial here.

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