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Former Lostprophets members were unaware of Watkins child abuse

July 29, 2014

Ian WatkinsFormer Lostprophets members – who have formed new band, No Devotion alongside former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly – have opened up over speculation of their knowledge of Ian Watkins’ crimes.

Ian Watkins was sentenced to 29 years in prison for a string of child sex abuse crimes including attempted rape of a child. Since sentencing former Lostprophets band mates have denied they knew what Watkins was doing, the band separated in October 2013.

Guitarist Lee Gaze has said: “How could you know? How would you know? Who would disclose such information to five people, who between them have eight children? You just wouldn’t because you would be killed on the spot.”

Despite the revelation of Watkins’ crimes it has been revealed Lostprophets would not have released more music as relations in the band where already strained.

Speaking of the final time he saw his former bands frontman, Gaze said Watkins seemed: “strangely positive and enthusiastic about everything. [He was] talking about the next record and how it’s going to do really well and get back on our feet. It goes to show how deluded he was. He is just completely on a different level to everybody, happy and positive and convinced we are going to be successful again.”

New band, No Devotion have recently released their debut single ‘Stay’ and are gearing up to release their debut album in early 2015 and hope to step out of the shadow of Watkins and his crimes.

Words by Lorne Gillies.

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