Oritsé Williams is ‘in the studio every day and every night’ perfecting a new album about his ‘three years of hell’ after being accused of rape in 2016.
The former JLS star, 32, was found not guilty in May, after being accused of plying a 20-year-old tattoo artist and her two friends with alcohol before launching a sex attack on December 2, 2016.
But he’s ready to put the false allegations behind him as he prepares to release an album he spent the last three years working on.
Not Guilty! Oritsé Williams, 32, was found not guilty in May, after being accused of plying a 20-year-old tattoo artist and her two friends with alcohol before launching a sex attack on December 2, 2016
He told Mirror Online: ‘The music that I’ve made tells quite a story, I’ve made this music in the hardest time of my life.
‘My music’s about my life and my experiences over the last few years, so you know, whatever that entails.
‘I’m just finishing my album, I’m just in the studio everyday and night.’
It comes five months after a jury of eight women and four men took two hours and 17 minutes to clear him of all charges.
Former band: Oritsé’s ready to put the false allegations behind him as he prepares to release an album he spent the last three years working on (pictured in JLS in 2008)
His band mate Marvin Humes praised him for enduring the accusations, while Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke and Marvin’s wife Rochelle also rallied round Oritsé following his acquittal.
His friend and tour manager Jamien Nagadhana, 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 found not guilty.
Friends of Oritsé said he ‘conducted himself like a king’ during the Wolverhampton Crown Court trial.
Relief: Oritsé was cleared of raping a woman. He is pictured leaving Wolverhampton Crown Court in May following the verdict
Marvin said: ‘Cleared..Not Guilty! Finally my brother @oritsemusic three years of hell is over!
‘No-one will ever know or imagine what he’s been through..I’m just so proud of the way he conducted himself during what has been the most awful time..he is so strong and I know he can’t wait to start his life again now..We love you O.’
This was followed by Marvin’s wife Rochelle, who posted a picture of the pair together on Instagram and said: ‘This here is our brother, one of the kindest, most gentle, thoughtful men I know.
‘Today he was cleared NOT guilty after three years of absolute hell.
She added: I’m so proud of how you have conducted yourself throughout this time. Reesh we love you so much and writing this crying so many happy tears, it’s over.’
Pixie Lott was among the stars to reply, as she posted several hearts in response to Rochelle’s message.
‘I’m so proud’: Rochelle Humes also took to Instagram to state how ‘proud’ she was of Mr Williams (the pair pictured above) following the trial
Alexandre Burke, who JLS came runner up to during their stint on the X-Factor said: ‘He’s so strong. Conducted himself like a king that he is. Onwards and upwards now for you @oritsemusic. Love you bro x’.
Founder and CEO of dating app Grind also responded to Marvin’s message with a love heart, along with Capital FM’s Sonny Jay, you said ‘so pleased for him’.
After the not guilty verdict was delivered, Oritsé breathed a sigh of relief in the dock and Jamien nodded when he heard the second of his not guilty verdicts.
Judge Michael Challinor told the pair: ‘The defendants can be discharged.
Accused: After the not guilty verdict was delivered, Oritsé breathed a sigh of relief in the dock and Jamien nodded when he heard the second of his not guilty verdicts (pictured May 28)
‘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.
Oritsé 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.
Success: JLS shot to fame on X Factor in 2008 after finishing runners-up to Alexandra Burke
The victim could be seen bouncing on Oritsé’s lap and snogging a female pal as they downed shots in the nightclub.
Oritsé was captured on CCTV slapping the fan’s bottom as they danced together 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 Oritsé.
Friends: Alexandra Burke commented on Marvin’s post to give her support for Oritsé (pictured above with JLS in 2009)
The girls ended up in the room that the former JLS singer was sharing with Jamien and at one point started cuddling on the bed, jurors were told.
Oritsé 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 Oritsé 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’.
Jamien was accused of joining in while Oritsé was having intercourse with her.
But he claimed he only went over to try to initiate a threesome as he believed Oritsé was struggling to perform.
Charged: Tour manager Jamien Nagadhana (pictured ) was also charged with sexual touching and assault by penetration while at the Ramada Park Hall hotel before being found not guilty
Jamien 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 Oritsé and Jamien were arrested.
‘Three years of hell’: Mr Williams’ former band mate Marvin Humes took to Instagram to support his former band mate and ‘brother’
David Bentley, defending Jamien, 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’.
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. Oritsé set up a music firm and sang solo under stage name OWS after the band split in 2013.
The nightclub: The former JLS star and his manager had met the woman at the Gorgous nightclub (pictured above)