Former Lostprophets guitarist reacts to Ian Watkins trial

Lee Gaze thanks fans for their support

Former Lostprophets guitarist Lee Gaze has expressed his relief to the swift resolution of the Ian Watkins trial, in which the band’s former singer pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offenses.

Gaze said that the band could now get “closure” on the ordeal and thanked fans for their support.

Writing on Twitter after Watkins’ appearance in court, Gaze put: “That was over quick. Thank fuck” He then added in a separate tweet: “Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure now.”

Watkins, the former singer of the now defunct Welsh band pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby in court in Cardiff today (November 26). Two female co-defendants, who cannot be named, also admitted to numerous child sex offences. Read the full story here.

Earlier this year (October), the band announced that they would split.

“After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time,” they wrote. “We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we’ll be forever grateful for all you’ve given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been.”

Following Watkins’ arrest last December (2012), the band had previously put out a statement saying that they were in a “state of shock”.

Lostprophets formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album ‘Thefakesoundofprogress’ in 2000. The band’s fifth album, ‘Weapons’, was released on April 2, 2012.

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