Former Lostprophets stars would have killed frontman Ian Watkins if they had realised he was a child molester. Watkins, 36, was convicted of a catalogue of sickening abuse last year (13), including the attempted rape of a baby, and he was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for his crimes.
His bandmates initially hoped the allegations were "all a mistake", but they were horrified when Watkins pleaded guilty, and now they have insisted they would have reacted violently if they had known about the singer's abuse before he was arrested.
Guitarist Lee Gaze tells BBC Newsbeat, "How could you know? How would you know? Who would disclose such a thing to five people who have eight children? You just wouldn't because they would be killed on the spot."
He went on to add that the rest of the band had grown so distant from Watkins that he believes they would have split up regardless of the abuse case, adding, "He was doing his own thing. That just grew worse over the years, the more he was using drugs. He could be in the same city as me and I wouldn't hang out with him, even if we weren't playing shows."
Lostprophets split in the aftermath of Watkins' arrest, and the five remaining bandmates - Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - formed a new group, No Devotion.
Former Lostprophets star Stuart Richardson smashed a platinum record to pieces in anger at frontman Ian Watkins' sickening child sex offences. Watkins was convicted of a number of shocking abuse charges, including the attempted rape of a baby, last year (13). He was sentenced to 35 years behind bars and the band, which formed in Wales in 1997, split shortly after.
Now members Richardson and Lee Gaze have spoken out about their shock and disgust for their disgraced ex-bandmate and the music they made with him.
Speaking to Britain's The Guardian, bassist Richardson explained how he believes their music has been tarnished by Watkins' actions, and he recently vented his fury by smashing an award he received for sales of their hit third album Liberation Transmission.
He says, "I don't know how his badness can't cancel out our music. We had platinum records in our houses, awards. I smashed Liberation Transmission the other day. The rest are in the garage and they'll probably never come out again."
Glaze adds that he will never be able to listen to their material from that time again: "I can't. It's tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics."
They also reveal how they confronted Watkins in 2012 when his drug taking got out of hand. Glaze adds, "We had an intervention with him to get him off coke, and he denied he was doing it, and then a year later he was addicted to crystal meth. The gigs in 2012 were awful - on tour, he was barely functioning; he'd miss cues for songs and wasn't interacting with (the) audience. He really didn't spend much time with us. I'm quite a loner, anyway, and we weren't close... We were operating on a fractured basis, where we would only get together to do our job."
The pair has since formed a new band, Lost Devotion, with other ex-Lostprophets rockers Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson. Former Thursday star Geoff Rickly is acting as frontman.
The former stars of defunct Welsh rock group Lostprophets have returned to the spotlight as No Devotion to release a new single on Tuesday (01Jul14). The Streets of Nowhere hitmakers split in October (13) shortly before their frontman Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
The singer was jailed for 35 years, and his former bandmates - Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - have gone on to form a new group without him.
They returned as No Devotion, fronted by former Thursday star Geoff Rickly, and released their debut single, Stay, on Tuesday. They plan to head out on tour later this month (Jul14).
Singer Sky Ferreira has come to the defence of controversial photographer Terry Richardson, insisting she has never been "forced or manipulated" into uncomfortable situations with her longtime collaborator.
The snapper, who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, among others, has faced a backlash in recent years after a number of his subjects, including models Jamie Peck and Charlotte Wheeler, accused him of sexual misconduct.
While Richardson, who is known for his risque photoshoots, recently spoke out to deny the allegations, insisting they were part of an "emotionally-charged witch hunt", Ferreira is also backing the photographer, as she has been posing for his shots for the past four years.
Ferreira, 21, took to Facebook.com on Thursday (26Jun14) to post an impassioned message in support of her friend, writing, "As someone who has worked very closely with Terry Richardson on many, many, many occasions since I was 17 years old I would like to say... from my OWN personal experience: I have never been forced or manipulated into anything. I made a music video with him and I have never felt uncomfortable with Terry & had 99 per cent of the creative control."
She also weighs in on the scandal surrounding Lady Gaga, as the Richardson-directed music video for her song Do What U Want featuring R. Kelly, was leaked online, and made headlines for its explicit content. Ferreira adds, "I'm not against/doubting people that have said they've encountered things with him (it's not my place to say so) but the media acting as if Terry Richardson manipulated Lady Gaga into making a video about getting touched by R. Kelly or whatever is a whole other thing."
"She is 28-year-old woman & fully capable/aware of what she was doing. If she wants to do it is HER choice. Whether I agree with it or not. I'm REALLY insulted that my work is somehow getting dragged into this mess (this is the only place I can actually write about this). Terry has only been a supportive & caring friend to me for a long time. I actually find the whole thing upsetting & have for a while."
Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson is continuing to blast allegations he acts inappropriately with his models, insisting he has absolutely "no regrets" about his controversial career.
The snapper, who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, among others, has faced a backlash in recent years after a number of his subjects, including models Jamie Peck and Charlotte Wheeler, accused him of sexual misconduct. Richardson, who is known for his sexually-charged and often risque photoshoots, recently spoke out to deny the reports, insisting they were part of an "emotionally-charged witch hunt", and now he has opened up further about the scandals which have overshadowed his successful career.
In a candid new interview with New York magazine, he maintains he never pressured models to do anything they weren't comfortable with, stating, "I don't have any regrets about the work at all. "Obviously I don't ever want someone to feel like that (forced into doing something). It was never my intention. But also, people do things, and then they have regrets, and that's also nothing to do with me. Then don't do pictures like that again... I'm OK with myself about everything, and that to me is the most important thing."
Richardson also addressed another sex scandal which surfaced in April (14) after model Emma Appleton shared a screenshot of a message she allegedly received from the fashion photographer, who reportedly propositioned her, writing: "If I can f**k you I will book you in ny (New York) for a shoot for Vogue."
A representative for the snapper previously declared the message "obviously a fake", and now Richardson has admitted the false accusations, which he has never been arrested or charged over, affect him more than he lets on. He says of the alleged text, "So corny. Ridiculous. Who talks like that? When people call me a paedophile and f**king bulls**t, that's a horrible thing to say about someone."
The former members of Welsh rockers Lostprophets are working on new music under a different name following the child abuse conviction of frontman Ian Watkins. The Streets of Nowhere hitmakers split in October (13), shortly before Watkins pleaded guilty to a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby, telling fans they could "no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets".
The singer was jailed for 35 years in December (13), and now the remaining members of the band - Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - have reunited to start anew.
They have teamed up with ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly to record new music for his Collect Records company, although he is only working with them as their label boss.
Discussing the new project, he says, "I think if ever there was a group of people that needed a second chance, it's those guys - and they're going to take full advantage of it. People don't really think of what happens to the other members. That took away their life. What happened is just devastating for them.
"It's been my honour to work with them on their new band from a label perspective. People are not going to know what hit them when the new band comes out. It's like everything I grew up on: a little bit of New Order, a little bit of Joy Division, little bit of The Cure. It's just so forward-thinking."
The name of the new group has yet to be announced.
Vogue magazine editors in the U.S. have distanced themselves from celebrity photographer Terry Richardson after the controversial snapper became embroiled in a new sex scandal over the weekend (19-20Apr14). The 48 year old, who has worked with stars including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, hit headlines on Sunday (20Apr14) after model Emma Appleton shared a screenshot of a text message she allegedly received from Richardson.
In the message, which was posted on Twitter.com, the snapper reportedly stated, "If I can f**k you I will book you in ny (New York) for a shoot for Vogue."
Appleton maintains the text was real, but the controversy prompted her to remove the post and subsequently delete her Twitter account to avoid online abuse and criticism.
A representative for Richardson has since denied the claims, insisting the text is "obviously a fake", but Vogue bosses have now spoken out to deny any plans to reunite with the photographer.
A statement issued by Vogue chiefs to UsMagazine.com on Monday (21Apr14) reads: "The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future."
Richardson has previously been accused of sexual misconduct by models including Jamie Peck and Charlotte Wheeler, but he has never been arrested or charged over the claims.
He spoke out to slam the accusations of inappropriate behaviour in March (14), insisting he had become the victim of an "emotionally-charged witch hunt".
Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson has slammed reports suggesting he acts inappropriately with his models. The 48 year old, who has worked with Beyonce and Lady Gaga, among other big names, has been accused of sexual misconduct by various models he has worked with, including Jamie Peck and Charlotte Wheeler, and now he is now firing back at the allegations.
In a letter obtained by the New York Post, he writes, "Four years ago (when the allegations first surfaced), I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me. At that time, I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character.
"When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt... In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors..."
He adds, "I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and, as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history... Believing such rumors at face value does a disservice not only to the spirit of artistic endeavor, but most importantly, to the real victims of exploitation and abuse.
"Over the course of my career, I have come to accept that some of my more provocative work courts controversy, and, as an artist, I value the discourse that arises from this. I can only hope for this discourse to be informed by fact, so that whether you love my work or hate it, you give it, and me, the benefit of the truth."
Paedophile rocker Ian Watkins' former Lostprophets bandmates have vehemently denied having any knowledge of his sickening behaviour following his guilty plea to a string of child sex offences. Watkins sensationally admitted a number of charges, including attempting to rape a baby, at Cardiff Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on Tuesday (26Nov13).
His bandmates have remained quiet throughout the police investigation, but they have now released a lengthy statement on the now defunct group's Facebook.com page.
In the post, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson reveal they were shocked when Watkins changed his plea to guilty, and although knowing he was "difficult" and "egotistical", insist they were clueless to his perverted ways.
The message reads, "Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Ian were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court. Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake. Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behaviour is now impossible to deny.
"Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. 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.
"We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives."
The rockers have now urged anyone affected by Watkins' actions to go to the police: "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."
Watkins is due to be sentenced on 18 December (13) alongside two women, aged 20 and 24, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Former Lostprophets rocker Lee Gaze has thanked fans for their support throughout frontman Ian Watkins' child sex drama, revealing he's relieved the case is almost over. Last Train Home singer Watkins had previously denied all charges, including two accusations of attempting to rape a baby under the age of 12 months, but he changed his plea to guilty as his trial kicked off at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on Tuesday (26Nov13), and the singer will now be sentenced on 18 December (13).
Two female co-defendants, aged 21 and 24, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also altered their pleas and admitted to a number of offences.
Further details of Watkins' crimes emerged in court on Tuesday, with prosecutors revealing that the singer had filmed his sordid encounters, with one 17-minute video showing him performing a sex act on an 11-month-old baby - the child of one of his fellow defendants. Investigators also discovered that he had set the password for his laptop to 'if**kkids'.
Shortly after the hearing, guitarist Gaze took to his Twitter.com blog to express his relief that the ordeal was nearing an end, writing, "That was over quick. Thank f**k (sic)".
He then addressed the group's fans, adding: "Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure now."
Gaze and the remaining members of Lostprophets, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson, announced last month (Oct13) that they were splitting after 15 years together in light of Watkins' personal scandal.