Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has posted a statement following the sentencing of Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.
The statement follows:
“So Watkins was sentenced & justice was served, wether [sic] you think it was too short a stretch or not. My heart goes out to all the victims effected, but I would like you all to consider the impact and destruction Watkins has inflicted on his band, and see how them themselves are in some ways the biggest victims of this nightmare. He destroyed the legacy of Lost Prophets (which were my favourite [sic] band ever back in the day) -when your band ends you want to be able to look back at all the good times, listen to the songs you made, reminisce, but that is no longer an option. He has made it extremely difficult for them to continue their love of music and art without people treating them differently because of one mans actions. What ever they choose to do in the future we should support them 110% and not let one nonces life ruin 5 good peoples lives. Which brings me to Richard J Oliver’s incredible art. He recently asked to paint a picture influenced by me, which is awesome, and he is a truly gifted artist. Go add him on twitter- @RJOliverfineart and check out his work. And check out the painting he did influenced from a picture of me! (ABOVE THIS TWEET) rad!”