Lostprophets music pulled from retail shelves following singer\’s sexual assault charges

NME has run a story with an update on the situation with Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who recently admitted to attempting to rape a baby and other sexual assault charges. The case has sent shockwaves through the rock and metal community and has left bands, media and fans speechless. HMV has confirmed that it will no longer sell any releases by LOSTPROPHETS following the report that Watkins has pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offenses, including two of attempting to rape a baby. A spokesperson for the high-street retailer, which currently operates 140 stores in the United Kingdom, said that it will not sell any of the band\’s music in stores and online, and that staff have been directed to remove stock from shelves. Although Watkins denied charges that he raped an 11-month-old child, he admitted to two counts of attempted rape. The 36-year-old musician also admitted to sexually assaulting at least one child under the age of 13, aiding and abetting a female unnamed co-defendant to sexually assaulting a child under age 13, and conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13. LOSTPROPHETS announced in October that they were splitting up, explaining in a statement, \”After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as LOSTPROPHETS. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we\’ll be forever grateful for all you\’ve given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been.\” LOSTPROPHETS formed in 1997 and have sold 3.5 million albums in their 16-year career. They scored a No. 1 hit at Modern Rock radio in 2004 with the track \”Last Train Home\”. sources: Blabbermouth.net