Former JLS singer appears in court on rape charge

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A former member of the boyband JLS has appeared in court after being charged with rape.

Oritse Williams was arrested last December following allegations he attacked a fan in a Wolverhampton hotel room after a concert.

The 31-year-old singer, who was charged last month, appeared briefly at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Williams, from Croydon, south London, was granted unconditional bail by a district judge and was ordered to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 8 November.

Co-defendant Jamien Nagadhana, 31, from Hounslow, west London, also appeared at the Walsall hearing charged with assault by penetration in connection with the same incident.

He was bailed to the same date.

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Williams enjoyed chart success after finding fame on The X Factor in 2008

At the time of Williams’ arrest, a statement by 10 Worlds Music UK, which looked after him, said the singer denied the accusations.

It read: “All we wish to say at this time is that Oritse denies the allegations against him.

“The matter is in the hands of the police and it would be totally wrong for us to comment any further.”

After the allegations came to light, Williams said he would be stepping back from charity work.

He said “press speculation is likely to be unhelpful to the charities I work with”.

Williams enjoyed chart success after finding fame on The X Factor in 2008.

The four-piece group split in 2013.

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