The worst fears of fans of the Welsh band Lostprophets were realized on November 26th when Ian Watkins, the lead singer, plead guilty to attempted child rape.
When it was announced that he had been arrested in mid December of last year, it had come as a shock to most everyone that had been fans of Lostprophets for over a decade.
The descriptions of the actions of Watkins are a far cry from the clean cut good guy image that he’d had for so many years. As a listener of Lostprophets myself, I’m absolutely floored and appalled that someone could do something so heinous.
It has been said that Watkins started turning a corner in 2007, isolating himself from the rest of the band and taking hard drugs. It only got worse from there.
In court, he accepted that he was a determined and committed pedophile. Two groupies of Watkins who’d been charged with him, abused their own children and made them available to Watkins to abuse for himself.
Watkins texted to one of the mothers that “If you belong to me, so does your baby”.
The password on his computer was “Ifuckkids”.
In a 45 minute webcam chat recorded and downloaded onto Watkins’ computer, Watkins and one of the mothers talked about making the baby have sex with animals and take drugs and in fact, a sample of hair on the child was tested positive for methamphetamine.
One of the women sent a picture of an oral sex act with her baby and the mother referred to her own child as Watkins’ “little fuck toy”.
There were videotapes found of a sexual encounter that Watkins had with a 16 year old in New York City in which he took her virginity and urinated on the girl. She’d flown in from Boston to see the band.
The attempted rape of a young boy was done where the Lostprophets were staying at a hotel in Sherperds Bush in April of 2012 right around the time that they were touring for their last album, Weapons.
ITV reporter Rupert Evelyn live tweeted the details of the case. He described it as the most graphic and distressing case of child abuse that he’d ever listened to.
Worse yet, is that the cops still had more that had yet to have been uncovered.
And with that, the 15 year history of the Lostprophets had been tainted forever. Those who wanted to believe his innocence from the beginning are now left wondering how all of this could come from someone they admired so much.
The uplifting messages that Watkins sent through his music are now tarnished forever.I hate to use the correlation, but it reminds me of when world-renowned and respected wrestler Chris Benoit killed his family and himself. Everyone felt really bad when it happened and couldn’t have imagined that he would have been capable of committing such an unthinkable act. As it stands now, he’s been “erased” from the history of the company that he worked for before his now infamous murder-suicide.
In football, after New England Patriots Pro Bowler tight end Aaron Hernandez had evidence tying him to multiple murders, the team released him, had fans bring jerseys carrying his number and replacing it with other merchandise and even slightly changing their logo, distancing themselves from him.
And I would imagine it’ll be the same with Watkins with stores banning the albums, fans destroying merchandise and deleting music from hard drives.
It’s quite a shame because the legacy that could have been left behind would have been filled with five solid albums of good music.
I feel bad for the children who were young enough to not know what was going on with them.
I feel bad for the band members who didn’t know what was going on and have to move on knowing what happened is now a part of their band’s legacy.
I feel duped by Ian Watkins, a man who used his celebrity status to commit deplorable acts against children. He’ll not be known as Ian Watkins, but rather, a man called hypocrisy.