Ian Watkins, a former member of the Lostprophets and a convicted pedophile, was stabbed many times while being kept hostage in the British jail where he is currently serving a 29-year term for sex acts against young children.
Watkins was taken to the hospital after the incident with injuries that, according to Sky News, were “not life-threatening.” They claim that Watkins was held hostage by three other convicts on Saturday morning, setting off a six-hour standoff with law enforcement during which the inmates repeatedly stabbed and assaulted Watkins.
(The Mirror, however, wrotethat Watkins’ injuries are “life-threatening,” with a source telling the British tabloid, “There are fears he could die. If he survives, he’ll have been very lucky.”)
A Prison Service spokesperson said in a statement, “Police are investigating an incident which took place on Saturday at HMP Wakefield. We are unable to comment further while the police investigate.”
Watkins is already 10 years into a 29-year jail term for a laundry list of horrible sex charges, including the rape of a child under the age of 13, conspiring to rape a 1-year-old newborn girl, and having child pornography in his possession. (It was discovered during the trial that Watkins’ computer’s encrypted files had the password “I FUK KIDZ.”)
He is incarcerated at the notorious HMP Wakefield in England, which has been dubbed the “Monster Mansion” because it regularly houses murders, pedophiles, and serial killers.
Before being found guilty, Watkins was the lead singer and lyricist for the Welsh alt-metal band Lostprophets, which had four UK Top 10 hits, including 2012’s Weapons, which was released two months before Watkins’ arrest in June 2012.
After a cell phone was discovered in Watkins’ possession in 2019, he was sentenced to an additional 10 months in jail. Watkins claimed that other inmates had pushed him to hang onto the phone. Watkins, who is denying the charges, said he was housed with “murderers, mass murderers, rapists, pedophiles, serial killers – the worst of the worst” but would not disclose which inmates gave him the phone out of fear.