Peaches Geldof apologises for Ian Watkins tweet

The daughter of Bob Geldof named two women who let their babies be abused by the singer

Peaches Geldof has apologised for tweeting the alleged names of the two women who let their babies be sexually abused by former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.

As reported yesterday (November 28), the daughter of former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof posted the names of two women to her 160,000 followers on the social networking site, apparently after reading them on a US-based website posted by another Twitter user. The tweet has since been deleted. Geldof could face a criminal investigation as a result.

In a series of tweets posted earlier today (November 29), Geldof apologised for her actions and claims she was of the understanding that the names of the two women were already in the public domain. “At the time of tweeting [I] had only seen everyone tweeting the names at me so had assumed… they had been released for public knowledge,” she wrote. “Will check my facts before tweeting next time. apologies and lesson learned.”

On Wednesday (November 26), the former singer of the now-defunct Welsh band Lostprophets 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.

Yesterday (November 28), HMV confirmed to NME that it will no longer sell Lostprophets’ music in light of the Watkins trial. A spokesperson for the high street retailer, which currently operates 140 stores in the UK, said that it will not sell any of the band’s music in stores and online, and that staff have been directed to remove stock from shelves.

On Wednesday (November 27), it emerged that a police detective sergeant working on the investigation into Watkins’ child sex offences has been served with gross misconduct notices by watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The new statement from the IPCC, which launched an investigation into South Wales Police’s handling of the investigation in February, followed accusations from Watkins’ ex-girlfriend that she warned police repeatedly for four years that he had told her he was a paedophile, but was ignored.

On Tuesday (November 26), former Lostprophets 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.
Lostprophets announced that they would split in October. They formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album ‘Thefakesoundofprogress’ in 2000. The band’s fifth and final album, ‘Weapons’, was released on April 2, 2012.