JLS singer Oritse Williams found not guilty of raping a fan

His tour manager has been cleared too


Former JLS member Oritse Williams has been found not guilty of rape.

The singer denied raping a women in a hotel room in Wolverhampton in December 2016.

His tour manager, Jamien Nagadhana, who was accused of sexual assault by penetration, has also been found not guilty in court today.

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Oritse leaving the court during the trial

Oritse Williams, whose band were runners-up on The X Factor in 2008, was accused of giving the victim alcohol after a solo concert in December 2016 before sexually assaulting her in his hotel room. She told officers she lay "like a dead body," wanting it to stop.

He said they had consensual sex. Nagadhana admitted to touching the woman briefly as he tried to initiate a threesome.

The singer called the allegation of rape "crazy" and said in police interviews he was left "bewildered" by the claims.

In court, he said: "I am feeling bewildered at this whole thing. I do feel taken advantage of. I just feel like a musician, an artist that has been put into a position where they have been taken advantage of."

Both Oritse Williams and Jamien Nagadhana have been cleared of the charges.

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