Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Calls Attempted Rape Charge 'Ridiculous'

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland, who is accused of attempting to rape a special needs youngster while giving drum lessons at his rural home, denied the accusations Monday (January 19), saying the charges were "ridiculous," according to Scotsman.com.

Holland faces one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault on the teenage boy. All the alleged offenses are said to have taken place between June and December 2002.

Giving evidence at Northampton Crown Court today, Holland said he had formed a "friendship" with the teenager, who is aged 18 but cannot be named for legal reasons, and had invited him to his house on several occasions. The drummer stressed that no sexual advances were made towards the teenager.

Under examination by defense counsel Michael Joyce, Holland said the teenager was allowed to drink and smoke at his house and watch videos. He admitted owning pornographic films and sex toys but denied he had ever shown them to the boy.

Asked by Joyce if he had ever shown the boy pornographic films or a vibrator he kept in the house, Holland replied: "No sir, I never did."

He said he had never touched the boy's genitals or had sexual intercourse with him, and added: "I have never, ever, had sexual intercourse with another man. It is not something that interests me at all."

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