Ian Watkins former Lostprophets bandmates on singer’s child sex abuse: ‘He was attracted to what was bad and to being in control’
The musicians attempt to understand the behaviour of the jailed frontman
Ian Watkins’ former Lostprophets bandmates have given their reasons as to why they believe the frontman sexually abused children.
"A guy who'd been in prison with Ian did an interview when he came out, and said that he [Watkins] had said: 'How could I be attracted to children? Because they don't have features.' I think he was just attracted to what was bad, and to being in control,” said the band’s former guitarist Lee Gaze.
Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison in December 2013, following a series of serious sex offences involving children. The 36-year-old admitted to the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, but pleaded not guilty to rape.
He also confessed to conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.
The band – who have now created a new group called No Devotion – had no idea of Watkins’ crimes. His behaviour had been on a downward spiral for the past four years, after he started to use cocaine and later became addicted to crystal meth. The group intervened several times.
"We were expecting a call telling us he'd died every day for the last 18 months of the band," bassist Stuart Richardson told the Guardian. "But by the last tour it actually seemed like he was getting better. And then this happens."
Watkins told his bandmates he was innocent of all charges. They found out about the singer’s crimes 24 hours before he was charged.
An inquiry is currently being held into whether the celebrity status of Watkins may have prevented him from being brought to justice sooner.
"You wouldn't expect a handsome rock star in his 30s to be a paedophile," said Gaze. "Ian was incredibly charming and manipulative – he could win anybody over. It was a powerful tool of his. We knew he had a different woman in every city, but with paedophiles, you don't assume them having relationships with adult women." Lostprophets musicians Luke Johnson, Ian Watkins, Jamie Oliver, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson and Lee Gaze in 2010
Each member of the band has children, except for Watkins. Richardson’s young daughter knew Watkin as ‘Uncle Ian’.
"I can't believe the things Ian's capable of," said Richardson. "Up until the final second he said he was innocent. He destroyed his family's life, giving them a glimpse of hope every time he said he was innocent. His mum thought he was innocent. What a f**king c**t."
The band doesn’t listen to any of the Lostprophets music anymore and describe the end of the group as "horrible torture".
However, Gaze and Richardson make it clear that they are the least of casualties.
"There are bigger victims in this whole thing; there are families trying to deal with this right now,” said Richardson.
- 1 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 2 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 3 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
- 4 Germanwings plane crash: Transcript reveals passengers 'screamed for over five minutes' before plane crashed into mountain
- 5 Germanwings crash: 'Andreas Lubitz planned to marry pregnant girlfriend', claims German report
Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
The male and female faces thought to be the epitome of beauty, according to British people
Germanwings plane crash: Transcript reveals passengers 'screamed for over five minutes' before plane crashed into mountain
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This dynamic outsourced contact...
£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity for a ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor with an established...
£40 - 50k (DOE) + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a HR Manager / HR Genera...