Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

JLS star Aston Merrygold supports Oritsé Williams after rape charge

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JLS star Aston Merrygold and Rochelle Humes have given their support to Oritsé Williams after he was charged with raping a fan in a hotel room after a gig. 

The singer, 31, was arrested in 2016 for allegedly raping a 20-year-old waitress after promoting his new solo album at Gorgeous club in Wolverhampton.

Williams’ bandmate Merrygold, 30, and TV presenter Humes, 29 — who is married to JLS star Marvin Humes, 33 — took to Instagram on Friday morning to offer messages of support to the ‘humble and caring’ singer.

Words of support: Aston Merrygold and Rochelle Humes have offered words of support to Oritsé Williams, after he was charged with raping a 20-year-old fan

Words of support: Aston Merrygold and Rochelle Humes have offered words of support to Oritsé Williams, after he was charged with raping a 20-year-old fan

Words of support: Aston Merrygold and Rochelle Humes have offered words of support to Oritsé Williams, after he was charged with raping a 20-year-old fan

Singer Merrygold led the show of support by sharing a snapshot of himself and his bandmates performing on The X Factor before finding fame.

Captioning the shot, he wrote: ‘These 3 guys… The nicest, most humble, caring, selfless, hardworking (I could go on..) people I’m lucky enough to call family! No matter what we are brothers like it or not! And we stand in each other corner’ [sic]

Echoing that sentiment, The Saturdays star Humes added her support, commenting under the caption: ‘Always!!’

 

 

 

Shot: Merrygold took to Instagram on Friday morning to share a shot of himself with his JLS bandmates on The X Factor, with his support being echoed by Humes and Alexandra Burke

Shot: Merrygold took to Instagram on Friday morning to share a shot of himself with his JLS bandmates on The X Factor, with his support being echoed by Humes and Alexandra Burke

Shot: Merrygold took to Instagram on Friday morning to share a shot of himself with his JLS bandmates on The X Factor, with his support being echoed by Humes and Alexandra Burke

Within minutes, the post garnered thousands of likes, with Catherine Tyldesley, Alexandra Bruke and Olly Murs also among the celebrities making up the numbers. 

Williams was bailed several times but has now been charged with rape.

His friend, Jamien Nagadhana, has been charged with sexual assault over the same alleged attack at four-star Ramada Park Hall hotel.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: ‘We’ve charged two men with sexual offences after an allegation of rape at a Wolverhampton hotel in December 2016. 

Charged: Singer Oritsé ­Williams was arrested and bailed after the allegations were made, but he has now been charged

Charged: Singer Oritsé ­Williams was arrested and bailed after the allegations were made, but he has now been charged

Charged: Singer Oritsé ­Williams was arrested and bailed after the allegations were made, but he has now been charged

‘Both men are due to appear at Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court on 11 October’.  

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Oritsé Williams for comment. 

At the time of the arrest, 10 Worlds Music UK, which looks after Williams, said: ‘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.’ 

Club: He performed at the Gorgeous club in Wolverhampton.  Williams pictured on the night

Club: He performed at the Gorgeous club in Wolverhampton.  Williams pictured on the night

Club: He performed at the Gorgeous club in Wolverhampton. Williams pictured on the night

The complainant told police that Williams invited her and a friend back to a hotel where they started drinking along with another man.

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After socialising in the room, the girls claim they left to get a taxi home.  

But they then realised they had left a handbag containing a purse and one of them went to retrieve it.

It was then when the rape took place, it is alleged. 

A source told The Sun the two women were ‘massive JLS and Oritsé fans’ and had ‘agreed to go back to his hotel with him and a friend he was with.’ 

Accusations: The woman alleges that she was raped in Williams' hotel room after meeting in the club (pictured)

Accusations: The woman alleges that she was raped in Williams' hotel room after meeting in the club (pictured)

Accusations: The woman alleges that she was raped in Williams’ hotel room after meeting in the club (pictured)

At the time of Williams’ arrest, a West Midlands Police spokesman said: ‘West Midlands Police were called to a Wolverhampton hotel at 7.45am on Friday December 2 after an allegation of rape and sexual assault was made by a 20-year-old woman.

‘A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and a 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. Both men have been bailed until February, pending further inquiries.’ 

JLS rose to stardom after appearing on The X Factor in 2008. The group, featuring Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and JB Gill, sold 10 million albums before disbanding in 2013. 

Williams, from Croydon, south London, was in Wolverhampton promoting his solo album Waterline. He performed at 3am as seen in a video he posted online.

Hotel: The hotel in Wolverhampton where the alleged attack took place on December 2, 2016

Hotel: The hotel in Wolverhampton where the alleged attack took place on December 2, 2016

Hotel: The hotel in Wolverhampton where the alleged attack took place on December 2, 2016

After his arrest, he quit his ambassadorial work for the MS Society and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. 

He said in a statement he was concerned speculation would affect the charities he works with.

‘It is with great sadness that I am announcing that I am stepping back from my charity work with immediate effect,’ he said.

‘This work has always been a big motivation for me and is something close to my heart and this has not been an easy decision for me.’

Williams said there had been a lot of speculation in the media about the alleged incident.

Statement: In a statement, 10 Worlds Music UK, which looks after Williams (pictured on stage), said, 'All we wish to say at this time is that Oritse denies the allegations against him'

Statement: In a statement, 10 Worlds Music UK, which looks after Williams (pictured on stage), said, 'All we wish to say at this time is that Oritse denies the allegations against him'

Statement: In a statement, 10 Worlds Music UK, which looks after Williams (pictured on stage), said, ‘All we wish to say at this time is that Oritse denies the allegations against him’

Quit: After his arrest, Williams (pictured on stage) quit his ambassadorial work for the MS Society and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Quit: After his arrest, Williams (pictured on stage) quit his ambassadorial work for the MS Society and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Quit: After his arrest, Williams (pictured on stage) quit his ambassadorial work for the MS Society and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

He continued: ‘I had taken a conscious decision to avoid talking to the press about the matter whilst the police are conducting their investigation as I do not think it appropriate to do so.

‘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 also asked that ‘everyone, not least the media, avoids any further speculation’.

‘It is unfair to everyone,’ he said.

‘I would ask that the press respect the privacy of everyone involved and their families at this time, and allow the police to continue with their work without further distraction.’

Rise to fame: JLS, which also featured Marvin Humes and JB Gill, sold 10 million albums before eventually disbanding in 2013

Rise to fame: JLS, which also featured Marvin Humes and JB Gill, sold 10 million albums before eventually disbanding in 2013

Rise to fame: JLS, which also featured Marvin Humes and JB Gill, sold 10 million albums before eventually disbanding in 2013

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