Former JLS star Oritse Williams is CLEARED of raping woman at a hotel

  • Former JLS star Oritse Williams has now been cleared by a jury in court 
  • Jamien Nagadhana was also found not guilty of sexual assault charges  
  • Jury of eight women and four men took two hours and 17 minutes to make their decision

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

The 32-year-old singer was accused of launching a sex attack on a 20-year-old tattoo artist after plying her and two pals with booze on December 2, 2016. 

Friend and tour manager Jamien Nagadhana, also 32, was also charged with sexual touching and assault by penetration of the same woman at the pair’s room in Wolverhampton’s Ramada Hotel. 

But a jury of eight women and four men took two hours and 17 minutes to find Williams, of Croydon, south London, and Nagadhana, of Hounslow, west London, not guilty of all charges following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court. 

Oritse Williams (pictured above) has been cleared by a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court

Williams, wearing a black suit and tie with a white shirt, breathed a sigh of relief in the dock when the jury recorded their verdict. Nagadhana, wearing a brown corduroy jacket and beige sweater, nodded when he heard the second of his not guilty verdicts. 

Judge Michael Challinor told the pair: ‘The defendants can be discharged ‘You have been found not guilty. That brings the matter to a conclusion. 

‘You may leave the dock.’ 

The court previously heard the alleged victim and two friends had queued to meet the pop star to have their picture taken ‘for a joke’ after he had performed at the city’s Gorgeous nightclub. 

Williams told one of the girls she ‘should be a Victoria Secret model’ before he gave them free alcohol and they spent the the night ‘dancing and mucking about’ in the VIP area. 

The victim could be seen bouncing on Williams’ lap and snogging a female pal as they downed shots in the nightclub.

Williams was captured on CCTV slapping the 20-year-old fan’s bottom as they danced together in the VIP area hours before the sexual encounter. 

At the end of the evening, one of the women went home in a taxi while the two remaining friends went back to the city’s Ramada Hotel with Williams. 

The girls ended up in the room that the former JLS singer was sharing with Nagadhana and at one point started cuddling on the bed, jurors were told. Williams was accused of taking this opportunity to try and have sex with one of the girls, who were described by hotel staff as looking ‘spaced out and zombified’. 

Both women ran out into the hotel corridor. One of them returned to the room as she had lost her phone, and it was at this point that Williams was alleged to have raped her. 

But he insisted she said she wanted to spend the night with him, and when he asked her if he should get a condom, she smiled and said ‘yes’. 

Nagadhana was accused of joining in while Williams was having intercourse with her, and ‘put his finger up her bum’. 

But he claimed he only went over to try to initiate a threesome as he believed Williams was struggling to perform. 

Nagadhana said he touched her in the vaginal area but stopped when it became clear neither of them was enjoying it, and went back to the single bed. 

The victim said she told the pair to ‘p**s off’ and ‘f**k off’ but had not been as ‘fighty’ as she could have been before she ran from the room crying after several minutes.

 Hotel staff put the woman into a room so she could calm down, where she curled up in a ball and then said she had been sexually attacked. Police were called and both Williams and Nagadhana were arrested. D

avid Bentley, defending Nagadhana, previously told the court: ‘There may be many reasons why a person makes false allegations. ‘But we say these are false allegations levelled at these two men.

 ‘Whatever her reasons for saying the things she has said, it is not for the defendants to say why that is.

 ‘The victim was happy to be in the room with these two men and consented to what took place in that room. ‘When asked by officers what happened, the victim said ‘nothing’ and then ‘oh god, nothing bad’. ‘Is that her conscience? Things were taken out of her hands. ‘She then says ‘they were all great guys’. 

I submit these are unusual comments.’ JLS shot to fame on X Factor in 2008 after finishing runners-up to Alexandra Burke and went on to sell over ten million records. Williams set up a music firm and sang solo under stage name OWS after the band split in 2013. 

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