Innocent British gay singer Ian H Watkins, known as ‘H from Steps’, is facing online abuse after Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was found guilty of child sex offenses.
While their musical styles could not be any more different, the two singers do share the same name.
The Lostprophets frontman, described as a ‘determined and committed’ pedophile pleaded guilty yesterday (26 November) to a series of ‘depraved’ child sex offences.
These included admitting to two charges of attempted rape of a baby.
While one Watkins is an entirely innocent singer of camp classics (pictured right), the other Watkins is an admitted sex offender (pictured left). And some are so stupid they can't tell the difference.
As a result, the innocent Steps singer has been forced to leave Twitter and Facebook after the barrage of abuse in the last 48 hours.
While the majority of the hateful messages have been deleted, an example described him as ‘dirty vile scum’ who ‘needs to be shot’.
A statement on Ian H Watkins’ Facebook page reads: ‘Just to clear out some of the abuse there has been the past few hours...
‘This is the "Official Ian H Watkins" website. Better known as H from Steps.
‘H is in NO WAY related with the news about the singer from Lostprophets! Please don't post any comments about the news here because they will be deleted. Thank you!’
But while ‘Please Google properly’ would have probably been sufficient, it did not stop haters to continue incorrectly abusing the singer regardless.
‘So a musician has been locked up for raping kids and H is free to go on singing - where’s the justice?’, one added.
The confusion comes as police are appealing for victims of the pedophile Lostprophets singer to step forward and aid their investigation.
Lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle said: ‘There is no doubt in my mind that Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children.’
UPDATE: E! Online has caused controversy for using a picture of the Steps singer in their article about the Lostprophets pedophile. The gay star has yet to comment on this.