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Watkins, 36, was jailed for 29 years after admitting a string of 
  child sex offences - including the attempted rape of a baby.
Former bandmates of paedophile rock star Ian Watkins speak for the first time about his
'unbelievable' depravity, as they seek to relaunch Lost Prophets band


# Singer Watkins was jailed for 35 years for 13 child sex offences last year
# He tried to have sex with a baby and encouraged a groupie to abuse child
# Other members of the band now speak out about his 'unbelievable' crimes
# They tell of resentment at 'coward and weak character' after band split
# Bandmates didn't believe the crimes when Watkins was first arrested
# But after hearing the details of his trial, they vow never to speak to him

Former bandmates of paedophile Ian Watkins say they have severed all ties with the shamed singer after he was jailed for child sex abuse.
Two members of the band have spoken for the first time since Watkins, 36, was jailed for 35 years for a string of sex offences - including the attempted rape of a baby.
Guitarists Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis told of their sense of betrayal after first believing the band's former frontman was innocent following his initial arrest.
Guitar player Lee Gaze, 39, said he had initially feared for his one-time friend when he was held in prison and maintained his innocence.
Gaze described Watkins, who eventually admitted 13 offences, as a 'weak character', adding: 'He's a bit of a coward.
'To be in prison, where he's going to be the guy from the rock band with those charges, I was worried. But then I reached a point where real resentment set in.'
He said he has no interest in ever speaking to Watkins again, saying he doesn't think the jailed singer would explain himself anyway.
Watkins, whose group sold more than 3.5m records but have now split, told his bandmates he was set up after rumours emerged that he had been found in possession of indecent images of children, following his drugs arrest in a 2012.
Father-of-two Gaze, who was 17 when he met then-15-year-old Watkins, said the singer repeatedly told his bandmates he had been wrongly incriminated.
In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine's Krissi Murison, fellow guitarist Mike Lewis, who has known Watkins since the pair met aged five at infants school in Pontypridd, south Wales, said: 'I find it utterly unbelievable that he was capable of doing those things.'
He said his shock was made all the worse by the fact that he been friends with Watkins, known his family and grown up alongside him.
Lewis, 36, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four-year-old daughter, said he had severed all links with his former bandmate and once close friend.
He said he had also considered whether he would want to speak to Watkins in prison but had decided he would not, even if he was given the chance.
Lewis said he was away on holiday when Watkins was charged with a string of offences, including the abuse of children.
The band split last October ahead of Watkins' trial but his former bandmates now plan to form a new group.
Lewis said the band's 'legacy' had been 'wiped out' by Watkins' crimes and it is now impossible for the band to be proud of their achievements.

Picture of Watkins on Skype. His crimes included getting a fan to abuse her baby as he watched on a webcam.

A DANGEROUS SEXUAL PREDATOR': A CATALOGUE OF DEPRAVITY
Watkins was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court in December and told he would have to serve at least 35 years before being considered for release.
The court heard that after sexually touching a groupie's 11-month-old baby, Watkins tried to have penetrative sex with the child.
He also encouraged a second fan to abuse her child during a webcam chat and secretly stashed child porn videos, some of which he had made himself.
Sentencing judge Mr Justice Royce told Watkins: 'Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground.
'I am satisfied that you are a deeply corrupting influence, you are highly manipulative, you are a sexual predator, you are dangerous.'
After pleading guilty to the charges, Watkins, 36, sent a message to a fan joking about the offences.
'I am going to put a statement out just to say it was mega lolz,' he said. 'I don't know what everyone is getting so freaked out about.'


www.dailymail.co.uk (26-5-2014)
Richard Spillett
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2639447/Former-bandmates-paedophile-Lostprophets-singer-Ian-Watkins-speak-time-unbelievable-depravity.html




'We'd like to knock him around his prison cell': Parents of paedophile Ian Watkins speak of their anger after son is jailed for 35 years




British rock singer Ian Watkins jailed for child sex abuse

British rock singer Ian Watkins, the former Lostprophets frontman, has been jailed for 35 years for the attempted rape of a baby and other "incomprehensible" child sex offences.
Watkins, who admitted 13 offences at Cardiff Crown Court, had "plumbed new depths of depravity", his judge said.
The 36-year-old, whose band sold millions of albums around the world, plotted the abuse of two children with their own mothers in a series of text and internet messages.
After sexually touching one groupie's 11-month-old baby, the heavily-tattooed rocker then tried to have penetrative sex with the child.
He also encouraged a second fan to abuse her child during a webcam chat and secretly stashed child porn videos, some of which he had made himself.
Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency was called in to crack his laptop password, which referenced his perversion.
Police suspect the offences Watkins admitted may be only the tip of the iceberg. His two accomplices, known only as Woman A and Woman B to protect the identity of their children, were jailed for 14 years and 17 years respectively.
Judge Roger Royce told Watkins that courts were used to horrific cases but his "breaks new ground".
The singer used his fame and power over "fawning" young female fans to "help satisfy your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children".
Behind his public performances lay "a dark and sinister side", said Royce. "You are a deeply corrupting influence, you are highly manipulative, you are a sexual predator, you are dangerous.
"The public and, in particular, young females need protection from you. "You spoke of not knowing to what extremes you would have gone but for your arrest. It is difficult to imagine anything much worse." Watkins will be released in around 20 years' time and spend the rest of his sentence on licence, meaning he must adhere to certain conditions or face recall to prison.
"Ian Watkins was the ringleader of this terrible conspiracy and it is right that his sentence reflects this," a Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said in a statement after sentencing.
"He is a highly dangerous and manipulative individual who preyed on his victims in a calculated manner.
"It is incomprehensible that adults would commit such appalling acts against children and young people, and our thoughts remain with the victims and those close to them." Police are examining further material that has since come to light, while authorities in the United States and Germany are also conducting investigations.
Lostprophets, who formed in 1997 and had a string of gold albums in the United States and platinum albums in Britain, disbanded earlier this year after Watkins was charged.


www.theaustralian.com.au (19-12-2013)
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/british-rock-singer-ian-watkins-jailed-for-child-sex-abuse/story-e6frg6so-1226786338309


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Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins's ex Joanna Majic 'warned police of abuse of hundreds of children'

Child sex predator Ian Watkins sexually abused hundreds of young victims during years of drug-fuelled debauchery, a former girlfriend has warned.
Joanna Majic, 38, claimed on Wednesday that female fans of the paedophile rocker are hiding the true extent of his prolific child abuse.
That is because they are also the mothers of the young children or babies that the former Lostprophets frontman preyed upon, she said.
Miss Majic, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, also revealed that she first reported Watkins' activities to South Wales Police five years ago, but was not taken seriously.
Senior police have vowed to continue seeking out other child victims of the singer's abuse as the investigation into his activities continues.
Watkins admitted a string of sickening child-related sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday, including two attempts at raping a baby.
Two unnamed female fans, who were due to stand trial with him, also admitted a series of sex-related offences on the eve of the joint prosecution.
Both women, aged 21 and 24, were revealed as the mothers of the baby victims targeted by Watkins.
The singer and the two women will be sentenced in Cardiff on December 18.
Watkins himself was revealed as a classic manipulative paedophile who sought out hero-worshipping female fans and used his celebrity status to get what he wanted.
Miss Majic claimed today that that cynical predatory approach was successfully used in hundreds of other cases.
In an interview with Real Radio in which she frequently breaks down, she spoke of her devastation that Watkins was not stopped earlier.
Asked how she felt about yesterday's outcome, she said: "I don't feel happy about it. I don't feel vindicated. I'm just devastated that it took so long.
"I've always said to the police, there's hundreds of victims out there and you're never going to find them because the mothers are in on it."
Miss Majic had an on-off relationship with Watkins from 2006 and observed his gradual downfall through intense drug use over a four-year period.
She speaks of his attempts to get her to take drugs and the abuse from fans she suffered, possibly directed by Watkins, after reporting him to the police.


www.adelaidenow.com.au (28-11-2013)
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/watkins-ex-had-warned-police/story-fni0bn7c-1226770095975




Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins pleads guilty to attempted rape of a baby and other child sex offences

British rock singer Ian Watkins, the former frontman of the band Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a baby and a string of other child sex offences.
Watkins, whose band sold millions of albums around the world, plotted the abuse of two children with their own mothers in a series of text and Internet messages.
The heavily tattooed 36-year-old spoke of his desire to intoxicate one of his victims by blowing crystal meth smoke into the child's face.
He made a last-minute change of plea before his trial started at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales, sparing the jury from seeing what the judge called "extremely graphic and distressing" video footage.
He will be sentenced on December 18.
"Ian Watkins was the lead singer of a successful band called the Lostprophets," prosecution lawyer Christopher Clee told the court.
"He was also a determined and committed paedophile engaged in serious sex offences involving two babies."
Watkins plotted the abuse of a one-year-old child in messages with the mother, including one in which he said he wanted a "summer of filthy child porn" and to take things "to the next level".
He then recorded camcorder footage of himself performing a sex act on the child during a drug-fuelled binge, after arranging to meet the child's mother in a London hotel room.
Detectives found the footage uploaded to an online "cloud" storage facility.
Watkins then persuaded another female fan over the Skype network to abuse her own child. The split screen footage shows him referring to the woman and her baby as his "slave duo".
They also discuss making the child have sex with animals and take drugs as it grows up.
Police raided Watkins's house and found films of him performing sex acts with under-age girl fans.
A laptop seized from his home had to be cracked by the British government's electronic eavesdropping system GCHQ, the court heard.
Watkins was originally charged with rape but insisted actual sex with the child did not happen.
He pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including two of attempted baby rape and others involving possessing and making images of sexual abuse and conspiracy to rape.
One of the women admitted six offences and the other woman admitted seven offences.
Lostprophets, who formed in 1997 and had a string of gold albums in the United States and platinum albums in Britain, disbanded earlier this year after Watkins was charged.


www.news.com.au (27-11-2013)
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/lostprophets-singer-ian-watkins-pleads-guilty-to-attempted-rape-of-a-baby-and-other-child-sex-offences/story-e6frfn09-1226769146305





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