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11/10/2018 11:40 BST | Updated 11/10/2018 14:14 BST

JLS Singer Oritse Williams Bailed Over Rape Charge

The singer was arrested in December 2016.

Former JLS star Oritse Williams has been granted unconditional bail by a district judge in Walsall after appearing in court charged with rape.

The 31-year-old singer, from Croydon, London, was ordered to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on November 8.

Co-defendant Jamien Nagadhana, also 31 and from Hounslow, was bailed to the same date accused of assault by penetration. Both men deny the charge.

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Former JLS star Oritse Williams, 31, arrives at Walsall Magistrates’ Court, West Midlands on Thursday

Williams, who enjoyed chart success after shooting to fame on The X Factor in 2008, was arrested in December 2016 following allegations that he raped a fan in a hotel room after a gig.

A West Midlands Police spokesman at the time said: “Police have charged two men with sexual offences following an allegation of rape at a Wolverhampton hotel in December 2016.

“Oritse Williams, aged 31, from Croydon, London, has been charged with rape.

“Jamien Nagadhana, aged 31, from Hounslow, London, has been charged with assault by penetration.”

A statement released at the time of his arrest, by 10 Worlds Music UK, which looked after Williams, said the singer denied the accusations.

It read: “All we wish to say at this time is that Oritse denies the allegations against him.

“The matter is in the hands of the police and it would be totally wrong for us to comment any further.”