JLS star Oritse Williams in court for trial over alleged rape of fan in hotel room

Friend also charged with sexual assault in connection with same incident following gig

Josh Payne
Thursday 11 October 2018 11:46
Former JLS star Oritse Williams, 31, arrives at Walsall Magistrates' Court where he has been charged over an allegation of rape
Former JLS star Oritse Williams, 31, arrives at Walsall Magistrates' Court where he has been charged over an allegation of rape

Former JLS star Oritse Williams is appearing in court charged with rape over an incident at a hotel in Wolverhampton in 2016.

The 31-year-old singer, who enjoyed chart success after shooting to fame on The X Factor in 2008, was arrested in December 2016 following allegations he raped a fan in a hotel room after a gig.

A statement released at the time of his arrest, by 10 Worlds Music UK, which looked after Mr Williams, said the singer denied the accusations.

It read: “All we wish to say at this time is that Oritse denies the allegations against him.

“The matter is in the hands of the police and it would be totally wrong for us to comment any further.”

After the allegations came to light, Mr Williams said he would be stepping back from charity work - saying “press speculation is likely to be unhelpful to the charities I work with.”

Jamien Nagadhana, 31, from Hounslow, London, has been charged with assault by penetration in connection with the same incident.

Mr Williams, of Croydon, south London, will appear at Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

PA