Bring Me the Horizon’s Oli Sykes Urges Fans to Support Members of Lostprophets
Now that Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been given a 35-year sentence for committing a staggering list of child sex crimes, justice has been served. However, the actions of Watkins also affected the other members of Lostprophets, single-handedly killing the careers of five of his bandmates. In support of the other Lostprophets members, Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes wrote up a post encouraging music fans to support the Lostprophets musicians with their future efforts.
Yesterday (Dec. 18), Watkins was given a 35-year sentence for two counts of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault of a child under 13, an additional three counts of sexual assault involving children; six counts of taking, making and possessing indecent images of children; and one act of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal. Additionally, a total of 90 child abuse images and 22 beastiality images were discovered on Watkins' computer.
Shortly after Watkins' guilty plea was heard, the other members of Lostprophets released a statement condemning their former singer, clarifying that they had no idea about Watkins' disturbing behavior. In defense of the Lostprophets members, Oli Sykes wrote the following on his Twitlonger:
So Watkins was sentenced & justice was served, wether you think it was too short a stretch or not. My heart goes out to all the victims effected, but I would like you all to consider the impact and destruction watkins has inflicted on his band, and see how them themselves are in some ways the biggest victims of this nightmare. He destroyed the legacy of Lost Prophets (which were my favourite band ever back in the day) -when your band ends you want to be able to look back at all the good times, listen to the songs you made, reminisce, but that is no longer an option. He has made it extremely difficult for them to continue their love of music and art without people treating them differently because of one mans actions. What ever they choose to do in the future we should support them 110% and not let one nonces life ruin 5 good peoples lives. Which brings me to Richard J Oliver's Incredible art. He recently asked to paint a picture influenced by me, which is awesome, and he is a truly gifted artist. go add him on twitter- @RJOliverfineart and check out his work. and check out the painting he did influenced from a picture of me! (ABOVE THIS TWEET) rad!
Various police forces are currently investigating further potential crimes committed by Watkins in both Germany and the U.S.