Convicted Pedophile Musician Still Making Six Figures

Ian Watkins, the ex-singer of the ex-band Lostprophets, may be heading to jail after pleading guilty to a series of horrendous sexual crimes last month (including two counts of attempted baby rape) but he’s still raking in the cash.

The news has obviously brought new attention to the band, albeit in the most hideous way possible.  But every time some Lostprophets music gets played as part of the coverage, Watkins gets royalties.  It’s estimated that since he was charged with the crimes a year ago, he’s made about $150,000.

This is unavoidable.  Performing rights organization are entrusted with collecting fees for public performances.  It’s their fiduciary duty to collect this money and distribute it to their members.

Not that the money is going to do Watkins any good.  When he comes up for sentencing on Wednesday, he’ll be put away for a long, long time.  And what are the chances of him surviving prison?

More at the New York Daily News.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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