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The 55-year-old X-Factor star appears in court for rape and sexual assault


The 55-year-old X-Factor star, who the judges did not like with his version of Spandau Ballets & # 39; Gold & # 39; impresses appears in court because he was charged with rape and sexual assault against five women in the 1990s

  • Phillip Blackwell appeared on the Warwickshire Magistrates & # 39; Court to file charges
  • Accused of four rapes, attempted rape, and indecent assault
  • Blackwell appeared on the X Factor in 2008 and then appeared on X Factor Live

Phillip Blackwell, 55, is accused of a catalog of sex offenses involving five suspected victims

A former X Factor candidate who did not appeal to the judges with his version of Spandau Ballets & # 39; Gold & # 39; has appeared in court for rape and sexual assault.

Phillip Blackwell, 55, is accused of a number of sex crimes involving five suspected victims, including rape, attempted rape, and indecent assault.

The former health care provider appeared before the Warwickshire Magistrates' Court to face the charges and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality in a 20-minute hearing.

No bail request was made and Blackwell was held in custody pending trial on February 24 before the Coventry Crown Court.

Blackwell temporarily gained fame on the ITV talent show in 2008 when his version of Spandau Ballets & # 39; Gold & # 39; judges Cheryl, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell were not impressed.

He later toured the country and performed with other stars at the X Factor Live events in 2009, in which Alexandra Burke and JLS participated.

The crimes are said to have taken place in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and Birmingham in the late 1990s – before his time on the show.

Blackwell was arrested on Wednesday and indicted on Sunday for four rapes, attempted rape and indecent assault.

Blackwell became temporarily famous on the X Factor (pictured) in 2008 when his version of Spandau Ballets & # 39; Gold & # 39; the judge was not impressed

Blackwell became temporarily famous on the X Factor (pictured) in 2008 when his version of Spandau Ballets & # 39; Gold & # 39; the judge was not impressed

He was arrested on Wednesday and charged with four rapes, attempted rape and indecent assault on Sunday (Image: Blackwell on the X Factor).

He was arrested on Wednesday and charged with four rapes, attempted rape and indecent assault on Sunday (Image: Blackwell on the X Factor).

Prosecutor Baldiv Atwal said: “The nature of the crime is serious in itself.

"Mr. Blackwell has no previous beliefs and is a gentleman with a good character."

District judge Lesley Mottram said: "You will be taken into custody. I will send you to the Crown Court in Coventry, where your next appearance will be on February 24th. «

Blackwell, from Launceston, Cornwall, was indicted after a joint investigation between Warwickshire and the West Midlands Police.

He is accused of raping two women in the Yardley and Selly Oak areas of Birmingham on February 9, 1997 and November 22, 1997.

Blackwell is also charged with indecent assault on a woman in Bournville, Birmingham on December 21, 1997.

He is indicted on February 3, 1998 in Frankley, Birmingham, for attempting to rape a woman.

The former supply teacher appeared before the Warwickshire Magistrates' Court to face the charges and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality

The former supply teacher appeared before the Warwickshire Magistrates' Court to face the charges and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality

The last two allegations of rape relate to the alleged rape of a woman in Weddington, Nuneaton, on May 30, 1998.

During his television appearance 12 years ago, the X-factor flop told Cheryl how he hoped to achieve "multi-platinum-sold albums around the world".

He also boasted that he believed that there was no one in the British charts who was better than he was at the time.

Then he left Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh with his weird rendering of gold in stitches, in which he held the last note of the song for almost 30 seconds.

Described at the time as a 43-year-old supply teacher, he said to the judges: "I think if you take me to the studio I can release albums there. It is a different act. & # 39;

He later said, "Louis loved me, but Simon didn't, so Cheryl was left to do it. I knew she wouldn't have the guts to go against Simon. It is gutless. & # 39;

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