British entertainment retailer HMV has yanked Lostprophets’ music from its stores and Website after the alternative rock act’s frontman pleaded guilty this week to a series of appalling sexual offenses.
A spokesman for HMV told NME that the 140-store chain won’t sell any of the now-defunct Welsh band’s music from its 140 stores and online, and that staff have been told to take-down any remaining stock from its shelves.
The group’s former frontman Ian Watkins, 36, was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offenses, including raping a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child and making indecent images.
He had denied the charges but changed his plea Tuesday at Cardiff Crown Court and admitted 11 offenses, including sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a groupie to abuse her child and making child pornography. He maintained that he was not guilty of the rape charge.
Lostprophets was formed in 1997 and had a chart-topping British album in 2006 with “Liberation Transmission.” They scored a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in 2004 with “Last Train Home.” The band split in October.