28/05/2019 12:02 BST | Updated 28/05/2019 13:37 BST

Former JLS Singer Oritse Williams Cleared Of Rape

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Former JLS singer Oritse Williams has been cleared by a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court of raping a woman at a hotel.

Jurors also found Williams’ tour manager Jamien Nagadhana not guilty of charges of sexual assault and assault be penetration.

The jury deliberated for two hours and 17 minutes before reaching its unanimous verdicts.

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Former JLS singer Oritse Williams, pictured here arriving at Wolverhampton Crown Court, where on Tuesday he was cleared of rape 

Williams showed little reaction as the verdicts were returned but clasped his hands together, smiled and said “thank you” towards Judge Michael Challinor QC after being told he could leave the dock.

The singer also shook hands with the dock officer after he was cleared.

Nagadhana hugged two women sitting in the public gallery as he left court, after also thanking the judge.