Former JLS Star Oritse Williams Charged With Rape

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September 14, 2018 | 7:25am EST

Former Jls singer Oritse Williams has been charged with raping a fan.
The X Factor U.K. alumni, 31, was initially arrested in December 2016, the morning after he performed at the Gorgeous Nightclub in Wolverhampton, England, after a 20-year-old woman accused him of raping her in his hotel room.
He denies the allegation, but was formally charged with the offence on Thursday, West Midlands Police officers have confirmed. A friend of the musician has also been charged with assault by penetration in connection with the incident.
“Police have charged two men with sexual offences following an allegation of rape at a Wolverhampton hotel in December 2016,” a spokesperson for the force told U.K. network ITV News. “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 source told British newspaper The Sun that the woman and a friend agreed to join Oritse and his pal in their hotel room, and initially left without incident – but she later returned to retrieve coats and a handbag, when the rape and assault are alleged to have taken place.
“They (the two women) agreed to go back to his hotel with him and a friend he was with,” the source claimed. “They eventually left the room but outside they realised they left behind coats and – more importantly – a handbag with a purse in it containing taxi money to get home. One girl knocked on the door saying she wanted to retrieve her stuff and was let back in. It’s then she says she was raped.”
Police officers were called to the hotel early in the morning, where they arrested Oritse and Jamien, who were bailed pending further inquiries. At the time of his arrest his management team issued a statement denying the allegation. He later announced he would be stepping back from his charity roles due to the allegations.
Both men are due to appear at Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court in England on 11 October.