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.
Shamed rocker Ian Watkins has lost his bid to appeal against his 35-year jail sentence for child sex offences. The former Lostprophets frontman was ordered to serve at least 29 years behind bars before he can apply for early release after he was convicted of a number of sickening charges, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Watkins, 36, moved to challenge his lengthy sentence, but his bid was rejected by a panel of judges at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on Wednesday (23Jul14). They ruled he does not have grounds to appeal against his prison term.
Lord Justice Pritchard, one of the three judges sitting at Cardiff Crown Court, ruled, "These were offences against infant children of such shocking depravity that a very lengthy sentence of imprisonment was demanded, not withstanding the absence of physical injury. It is not demonstrated that the total sentence of 29 years together with the extended licence period was arguably manifestly excessive. Accordingly, the application in his case is refused."
The singer was convicted last year (13) after he pleaded guilty to 13 charges.
Disgraced British rocker Ian Watkins has been given a boost as he appeals against his 35-year jail sentence for child sex offences. The former Lostprophets frontman was convicted of a number of sickening charges last year (13), including the attempted rape of a baby, and was ordered to serve at least 29 years behind bars before he can apply for early release.
He subsequently filed an appeal against the lengthy sentence, and now his case is to be heard before a panel of judges.
Watkins will appear at the hearing at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on 23 July (14) and the judges will decide whether the case can proceed.
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).
Former Dynasty actress Emma Samms and pop stars Amelle Berrabah and Sarah Harding will be testing their bodies to the limit by taking part in a reality TV show centred around gymnastics. Sugababes singer Berrabah and ex-Girls Aloud star Harding will join other British celebrities, including Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins, super-middleweight boxing champ Carl Froch, and veteran fitness guru Mr. Motivator in new BBC show Tumble.
The contestants will train with professional gymnasts to perfect tricky routines they will then showcase on the programme before a viewers' vote decides who stays and who goes.
Harding says, "I'm really looking forward (to it), but also a little bit scared about all the training I'll be doing - but at least it beats going to the gym."
Tumble is scheduled to air later this year (14).
Disgraced rocker Ian Watkins' former bandmates in Lostprophets never want to speak to their frontman again after he was convicted of a series of child sex offences at the end of last year (13). Guitarists Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis have labelled the singer's depravity "unbelievable" in a new interview.
Lewis, who grew up with Watkins in Pontypridd, Wales, says, "I tried reading the judge’s report. I couldn’t even finish it. To think that somebody I grew up with, who I had been friends with my entire life, whose mother I knew, and how close our families were... I find it utterly unbelievable that he was capable of doing those things."
Watkins, 36, was jailed for 29 years after admitting a host of child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. He pleaded guilty to 13 offences.
LostProphets split weeks before the rock star was sentenced, and the singer's old pal admits he has no interest in visiting Watkins in jail: "I’ve thought about it long and hard and, no, I have no interest in ever speaking to him again.
"I feel incredibly bad for his mother and his whole family and the stigma they have to endure now because of what he’s done and what his actions have done to hurt many people. But I have no interest in questioning him about it. Never."
And in the new Sunday Times Magazine interview, Gaze has described Watkins as a "weak character," adding, "He’s a bit of a coward, not a tough guy by any means. 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 adds, "He spent the longest time trying to convince us that somebody was trying to get revenge on him. He’d created such a web of people, bouncing these women off each other, that it was perfectly feasible that one of these women hated him so much that she wanted to catch him out.
"I thought he was a lot of things - a drug addict, a womaniser - but I never, ever believed that of him. My first assumption was that maybe there was a mistake."
Six police officers are under investigation for gross misconduct as part of an inquiry into the handling of child sex allegations against Lostprophets rocker Ian Watkins. Watkins was jailed for 29 years last November (13) after being found guilty of a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
An official probe was launched by Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over allegations a detective sergeant from South Wales Police had ignored a tip-off that Watkins was a child abuser.
Now a further six officers from forces across the U.K. have been handed letters advising them that they are under investigation for gross misconduct as part of the inquiry, which is examining if the rocker's celebrity status impacted on the case.
A statement from IPCC Commissioner Jan Williams reads, "We are making good progress with our three independent investigations and as result of our enquiries IPCC investigators have served notices on six further officers as part of the ongoing investigation - three from South Yorkshire Police, two from Bedfordshire Police and a second from South Wales Police.
"We are continuing to gather and analyse information in all three investigations in order to establish what steps were taken by police in response to the allegations made against Ian Watkins, whether he could have been brought to justice sooner and whether his celebrity status had any impact on those investigations."
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.
An ex-girlfriend of shamed rocker Ian Watkins will stand trial in September (14) on charges of possessing and distributing indecent images of children. The Lostprophets frontman was sentenced to 35 years behind bars in 2013 after he was found guilty of a number of child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Now his former lover Joanne Mjadzelics, who dated the singer on and off from 2008, is facing trial on six charges of possessing and distributing indecent images of children and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.
She appeared at Newport Crown Court in Wales on Monday (07Apr14) via video link from Doncaster Magistrates' Court in England for a preliminary hearing, during which her trial was set to begin on 8 September (14) at Cardiff Crown Court.
Mjadzelics, from Doncaster, who pleaded not guilty to the charges via video link last month (Mar14), will attend a plea hearing in person on 11 July (14).