Rochelle Humes and Aston Merrygold support Oritse Williams as it’s revealed JLS star was working with Kanye West and Rihanna before rape charge

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ORITSE Williams’ friends Rochelle Humes and Aston Merrygold have come forward to support him following his rape charge.

The JLS star, 31, has been accused of attacking a waitress after a Wolverhampton gig in December 2016, but has denied all charges.

Oritse Williams friends have voiced their support for him on social media following his rape charge
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Oritse Williams’ friends have voiced their support for him on social media following his rape charge[/caption]

His former bandmate Aston has now come to his defence on Instagram by sharing a snap of the band’s very first X Factor audition back in 2008.

He wrote underneath: “These 3 guys… The nicest, most humble, caring, selfless, hardworking (I could go on..) people I’m lucky enough to call family!

“No matter what we are brothers like it or not! And we stand in each other corner.”

Rochelle, who is married to JLS star Marvin Humes, then commented underneath: “Always!!”

Bandmate Aston Merrygold vowed to stay in his corner on Instagram
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Bandmate Aston Merrygold vowed to stay ‘in his corner’ on Instagram[/caption]

He shared his message of support alongside a photo of JLS' first X Factor audition back in 2008 (above) 
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He shared his message of support alongside a photo of JLS’ first X Factor audition back in 2008 (above)[/caption]

Pal Rochelle Humes then voiced her support by commenting: ‘Always!!’ underneath
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Rochelle is married to Oritse's JLS bandmate Marvin Humes
Rochelle is married to Oritse’s JLS bandmate Marvin Humes
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While Alexandra Burke, who beat the band to the X Factor title, added: “Amen!”

A number of his other showbiz pals, including Olly Murs and Catherine Tyldesley, showed their support by liking the post.

Oritse was bailed several times back in 2016 when police probed the incident at Wolverhampton’s four-star Ramada Park Hall.

Officers revealed last night he has now been charged with rape and his friend, also 31, with assault.

After his initial arrest, the singer’s management firm 10 Worlds Music said: “Oritse denies the allegations.

 

Alexandra Burke, who won the same series of The X Factor, also commented, while pal Olly Murs liked the post
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Oritse has been charged with raping a fan, 20, after his gig in Wolverhampton in December 2016
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Oritse has been charged with raping a fan, 20, after his gig in Wolverhampton in December 2016[/caption]

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

The Croydon-born star had been performing at the city’s Gorgeous club that evening to promote his solo album Waterline.

It has since been revealed that Oritse had been working with megastars Kanye West and Rihanna, prior to his arrest.

He told the Guardian in 2015 that Kanye’s team at GOOD Music had contacted him about a collaboration after hearing his solo material on SoundCloud.

He explained: “I didn’t think we’d hear from them again but a week later, I saw my inbox and the subject line of the email said ‘Pusha T verse’.”

It has since been revealed the star was working as a solo artist with Rihanna and Kanye West, prior to his arrest
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It has since been revealed the star was working as a solo artist with Rihanna and Kanye West, prior to his arrest[/caption]


“I still didn’t know if he’d even turn up, but on the day, I was standing in the corridor, and I heard this voice saying: ‘What up, O?’ and it was Pusha!

“I had to keep cool but in my head I was going crazy.”

JLS, formed of Oritse, Aston, Marvin and JB Gill, sold ten million records after their reality show stint, including five Brit No1 singles and four top three albums.


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