JLS star Oritse Williams on trial accused of raping woman after concert

Former JLS star Oritse Williams is due to go on trial charged with raping a woman after a concert.

Former JLS star Oritse Williams arrives at Wolverhampton Crown Court where he is due to go on trial charged with raping a woman after a concert. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The singer pleaded not guilty to rape during a court hearing in November last year and is due to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday.

Williams, who enjoyed chart success after shooting to fame on The X Factor in 2008, was arrested in December 2016 following allegations he had attacked a woman at a hotel.

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The 32-year-old, of Croydon, south London, is due to stand trial with co-defendant Jamien Nagadhana.

Nagadhana, also 32, from Hounslow, west London, denies a charge of assault by penetration in connection with the same incident.

After the allegations came to light, Williams said he would be stepping back from charity work, adding: “Press speculation is likely to be unhelpful to the charities I work with.”