Former JLS member Oritse Williams has appeared in court on account of rape accusations.
The 31-year-old JLS star, who rose to fame in 2008 on The X Factor, was arrested in December 2016 in connection to an incident in a hotel in Wolverhampton.
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Today, he appeared alongside a second defendant, Jamien Nagadhana, 31, who has also been charged in connection with the incident.
Oritse has now been given unconditional bail by magistrates, and will appear in Crown Court for trial next month.
It’s reported that neither Oritse or Jamien made a plea, as the indicative case can only be trialed in Crown Court, and spoke only to confirm his name, date-of-birth and address before the charge against him was read out.
At the time of Oritse’s arrest, his representatives at 10 Worlds Music UK denied the accusations on behalf of the X Factor star.
It was also confirmed that Oritse would be bowing out from his charity work – as ‘press speculation is likely to be unhelpful to the charities I work with.’
At the time of Oritse’s arrest, West Midlands Police issued a statement: ‘Police have charged two men with sexual offences following an allegation of rape at a Wolverhampton hotel in December 2016.’
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