Lostprophets “in a state of shock” after singer’s arrest

Welsh act Lostprophets have pulled their website down as details about the criminal charges against lead singer Ian Watkins emerge. The band’s website currently hosts a message from Watkins’ bandmates expressing their shock and thanking their fans for their support.

Watkins has been charged with possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children and with possession of “extreme” animal pornography. The Welsh rock star is also alleged to have conspired with a woman to rape a one-year-old girl. He and two women, who can not be named for legal reasons, will appear in Cardiff Crown Court to face the charges on December 31. Watkins’ barrister has indicated that he will deny the charges.

Lostprophets toured Australia earlier this year on the Soundwave festival tour, playing sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne with and . Soundvave promoter AJ Maddah has expressed his shock over the charges tweeting that Watkins “seemed like such a sweet guy” and that while the alleged crimes are “pretty disturbing if true” he’ll reserve his judgement until more details come to light.

Full statement from Lostprophets:

Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers. Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu