JLS Singer Charged With Rape In Wolverhampton
14 September 2018, 08:24 | Updated: 14 September 2018, 08:32
Former JLS singer Oritse Williams has been charged with a rape in Wolverhampton.
The 31-year-old singer, who had chart success after shooting to fame on The X Factor in 2008, was arrested in December 2016 following allegations that he raped a fan in a hotel room in Wolverhampton after a gig.
West Midlands Police said Williams and another man have been charged and will appear in court next month.
A spokesman said: "Police have charged two men with sexual offences following an allegation of rape at a Wolverhampton hotel in December 2016.
"Oritse Williams, aged 31, from Croydon, London, has been charged with rape.
"Jamien Nagadhana, aged 31, from Hounslow, London, has been charged with assault by penetration."
A statement released at the time of his arrest, by 10 Worlds Music UK, which looked after Williams, said the singer denied the accusations.
Shortly afterwards, the singer said he would be stepping back from his charity work, adding: "Unfortunately, the press speculation is likely to be unhelpful to the charities I work with and the decision I have taken is with their best interests in mind."
Williams and Nagadhana are due to appear at Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates' Court on October 11.
His agent has been contacted for comment on the charge.