Singer is in Cardiff Crown Court today (December 18)
Ian Watkins referred to charges of child sex abuse as “megalolz” in a prison phone call, a court heard today (December 18).
The 36-year-old singer is being sentenced this morning in Cardiff Crown Court after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby, last month (November 26).
According to Wales Online, Watkins “looked nervous” when he arrived at court. He and two female co-defendants, who cannot be named, waited in the dock as the court was told of the severity of the images found on Watkins’ hard drive.
It was also revealed that the frontman had made a phone call from prison after entering his guilty plea (November 26) in which he claimed he wanted to release a statement when he was sentenced saying: “It was megalolz, I don’t know what everyone is getting so freaked out about.”
The court also heard that in another phone call, he told a friend that “there was no medical evidence” and “nobody was harmed”, adding: “I’m not a paedophile, I’m not. You know I plead[ed] guilty just to avoid a trial, not realising ‘Hang on, that makes me look a bit guilty’ but I would never harm anybody.” Asked whether he still thought the case was “megalolz”, meanwhile, he replied: “No, it’s just lols now.”
His defence team argued that his sentence should be mitigated by the fact that he had pleaded guilty and thus avoided a trial, and also said that he was not the first famous musician to have taken advantage of their fans. Sally O’Neill said that Watkins had “no recollections” of the allegations of child abuse, and that he was constantly bombarded with messages of “extreme depravity” from fans.
In response to the video footage showing his attempt to rape a baby, O’Neill said: “He was very shocked when he saw it and couldn’t believe he had participated in such activity.” She also said that Watkins had been “vilified” to an “exceptional” degree, but the judge warned earlier today that the singer can expect a “substantial sentence”.
Watkins, the former singer of the now-defunct Welsh band, had originally “furiously denied” all allegations but later changed his plea to guilty at the start of his court appearance. He was subsequently described as a “determined and committed paedophile” by the judge, while the two co-defendants also admitted to numerous child sex offences.
Watkins’ sentencing is currently taking place in Cardiff Crown Court (18 December).