Steps Star Ian ‘H’ Watkins Wins Formal Apology Over Namesake Photo Mix-up

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December 19, 2013 | 2:20pm EST

British pop star Ian ‘H’ Watkins has received a public apology in court after bosses at one media outlet mistakenly used his photo in a report about his rock namesake Ian Watkins, who was outed as a child sex offender earlier this year.
The Lostprophets frontman stunned fans last month when he pleaded guilty to a string of sickening offenses, including the attempted rape of a baby, and he was sentenced to 35 years in jail at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday.
However, former Steps singer Watkins found himself targetted online by outraged members of the public, who had confused him with the shamed musician since they share the same name, are both from Wales, and are of similar age.
A picture of the gay star was subsequently picked up by editors at to illustrate an article about the convicted criminal, prompting the innocent Watkins to demand a formal apology.
His request was granted and a notice clearing his name was read out by a lawyer for the E! network in London’s High Court on Thursday.
And in a statement released by the Tragedy hitmaker after the hearing, he writes: “In Court this morning E! have publicly apologized to me and a statement has been read in court to make the position clear.
“This was not something that I did lightly but it was important to me that a public statement was made so that there is no confusion going forward.
“I am really pleased that it has been resolved so quickly so that me and my family can try and move on from what has been an extremely distressing time.”