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JLS star Oritse Williams poses for selfies with fans after court rape hearing

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 08/11/2018 James Morris
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Watch: JLS star appears at court on rape charge [ITV News]

Former JLS star Oritse Williams posed for selfies with fans outside court after denying a charge of rape.

The 31-year-old singer, who won fame after appearing on The X Factor in 2008, was arrested in December 2016 following allegations over an incident at a hotel in Wolverhampton after a concert.

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After leaving Wolverhampton Crown Court, Williams posed for photos with fans.

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The pop star laughed and joked with members of the public who recognised him near the court.

Former JLS star Oritse Williams, 31, leaves Wolverhampton Crown Court (Aaron Chown/PA)

During a 36-minute hearing on Thursday, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality as well as to deny the charge.

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Co-defendant Jamien Nagadhana, 31, from Hounslow, west London, denied assault by penetration in connection with the same incident.

Williams, of Croydon, south London, was granted unconditional bail until his trial on May 14 next year at the same court.

After the allegations came to light, Williams said he would be stepping back from charity work, adding: "Press speculation is likely to be unhelpful to the charities I work with."


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