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Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins abused after being mistaken for Lostprophets singer

Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins has received abuse online after being mistaken for the Lostprophets musician of the same name who has pleaded guilty to a string of child sex offences.

He has thanked his fans for their support following the mix-up.

One website also used an image of H to illustrate an article on the Lostprophets frontman, who appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday.

It was later taken down after H's management intervened, but in a message on his website, the singer he was yet to receive an apology from the entertainment website in question.

The message from H read: "Thank you to everyone who has supported me today! My management took swift action to remove my image which was posted due to shoddy journalism."

The pop star's official Facebook page also referred to abuse wrongly directed at H after Tuesday's court case.

Explaining the situation, the message read: "Just to clear out some of the abuse there has been the past few hours... This is the 'Official Ian H Watkins' website. Better known as H from Steps.

"H is in NO WAY related with the news about the singer from Lostprophets! Please don't post any comments about the news here because they will be deleted. Thank you!"

Lostprophets singer Watkins, 36, from Pontypridd, South Wales, will be sentenced in Cardiff on December 18 for his crimes, which include the attempted rape of a baby.