Oritse Williams, former member of boyband JLS, has recently made an appearance in court after being charged with rape.
The 31-year-old was arrested back in December following allegations that he sexually assaulted a fan in a Wolverhampton hotel after a concert at the Gorgeous club in the West Midlands city.
The West Midlands Police were called to the hotel at 7:45am after the unnamed victim claimed she had been raped and sexually assaulted. The charges were made against Williams last month, and he appeared briefly at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. He was granted unconditional bail by a district judge, and also ordered to appear at the Wolverhampton Crown Court on November 8th.
Also appearing in court was co-defendant, Jamien Nagadhana, who was also charged with sexual assault in connection with the same incident. He was bailed on the same date as Williams.
At the time of Williams’ arrest, 10 Worlds Music UK released a statement saying that Williams had denied the accusations.
“All we wish to say at this time is that Oritse denies the allegations against him.” they stated. “The matter is in the hands of the police and it would be totally wrong for us to comment any further.”
Oritse Williams, who made his fame on The X Factor in 2008, did not enter a plea in court, and made his own statement about stepping back from his charity work as well as speaking about media speculation.
“I had taken a conscious decision to avoid talking to the press about the matter whilst the police are conducting their investigation as I do not think it appropriate to do so.” he stated. “Unfortunately, the press speculation is likely to be unhelpful to the charities I work with and the decision I have taken is with their best interests in mind.”
After his chart success fizzled out after the split of JLS in 2013, Williams worked as ambassador for the MS Society and music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbin, before the rape allegations came to light.
Williams has also requested that “everyone, not least the media, avoids any further speculation. It’s unfair to everyone”. But of course, that’ll all boil down to whether he’s found guilty or not, won’t it?
Story by Emily Clark
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