JLS star Oritse Williams has today arrived in court after being accused of raping a fan in a hotel room.
The singer allegedly attacked the 20-year-old waitress after a gig in Wolverhampton in 2016, with cops charging him with rape in September this year.
Williams, who arrived at Walsall Magistrates’ Court this morning, has denied the charges against him.
The singer, 31, was bailed several times as cops probed the December 2016 incident at Wolverhampton’s four-star Ramada Park Hall.
It followed his gig at the city’s Gorgeous club to promote solo album Waterline.
Officers revealed he was charged with rape and his friend with assault.
After his initial arrest, the singer’s management firm 10 Worlds Music said: “Oritse denies the allegations.
“The matter is in the hands of the police and it would be totally wrong for us to comment any further.”
Dad-of-one Williams then quit ambassador roles at the MS Society and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.
He said: “With great sadness I’m stepping back from charity work.
“Unfortunately there has been a lot of speculation regarding events. It’s likely to be unhelpful to the charities.”
He and JLS pals Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and JB Gill shot to fame on X Factor in 2008 despite finishing runners-up to Alexandra Burke.
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They sold ten million records, including five Brit No1 singles and four top three albums. After their 2013 split Williams set up a music firm and sang solo under stage name OWS.
West Mids police confirmed: “We’ve charged two men with sexual offences after an allegation of rape at a Wolverhampton hotel.”
They confirmed them as Williams, of Croydon, South London, and Jamien Nagadhana, of Hounslow, West London.
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