Lostprophets 'disgusted' with paedophile Watkins

Last updated 10:40 02/12/2013
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'ANGRY, DISGUSTED': Lostprophets performing in 2010, before Ian Watkins' offending came to light.

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GUILTY: Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has admitted a raft of sexual assaults.

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The former bandmates of paedophile rocker Ian Watkins insist they knew nothing about his offending as more details of his depraved mind are revealed.

The Lostprophets frontman pleaded guilty last week to a string of sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

His former bandmates have spoken for the first time about the revelations, saying they were "heartbroken, angry and disgusted".

"Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not," they said in a statement to their fans.

"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 egotistic behaviour and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted."

Watkins' ex-girlfriend, Joanne Mjadzelics, claims the paedophile rock musician had fantasies about kidnapping and murdering a baby, the Daily Mail reported.

"He wanted to rape and kill children. He wanted to rape newborns," she said.

"He even wanted to get me pregnant so he could rape our baby."

Watkins' offending included sexually touching a 1-year-old and encouraging a groupie to abuse her own child during a webcam chat.

The 36-year-old Welshman has also admitted possessing and making child porn as well as launching the plot to rape a baby.

In October the remaining band members announced they had split up.

Their statement went on: "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."

They added: "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."

The message was signed by lead guitarist Lee Gaze, rhythm guitarist Mike Lewis, bass player Stuart Richardson, keyboard player Jamie Oliver and drummer Luke Johnson.

Watkins will be sentenced on December 18.

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