JLS star Oritse Williams charged with sexual offence

Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.

Former JLS singer Oritse Williams has been charged with a sexual offence after an allegation of rape at a Wolverhampton hotel, police have confirmed.

The 31-year-old was arrested in 2016 for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old waitress after promoting his new solo album at Gorgeous club in Wolverhampton.

He was bailed several times but West Midlands police have now confirmed that Williams, of Croydon, South London, has been charged with rape, and Jamien Nagadhana, of Hounslow, West London, has been charged in connection with the incident.

After Williams's initial arrest, the singer's management firm 10 Worlds Music said: "Oritse denies the allegations.

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

Digital Spy has contacted Williams's reps for comment.

JLS, also featuring Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and JB Gill, shot to fame on The X Factor in 2008 before splitting in 2013. They sold 10 million records, scoring four Top 3 albums and five No.1 singles.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.