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Walsh grope accuser back in court

A man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of groping him in a nightclub has been charged with a second count of inventing the story.

Leonard Watters is accused of knowingly making a false report to Irish police, on two occasions, that the pop music mogul sexually assaulted him in top Dublin night-spot Krystle.

Watters, 24, appeared at the city's District Court, where he was granted continuing bail until November 2.

Detective Inspector Michael Cryan told the court Mr Watters said "nothing to say" when charged with the second offence, before the hearing.

"The allegation is that Mr Watters made two statements to An Garda Siochana alleging he was sexually assaulted by Louis Walsh in a Dublin nightclub," said Mr Cryan.

Penalties for the alleged offences, which are under section 12 of the Criminal Law Act, range from a 500 euro (£439) fine to five years in prison.

The first statement was made at a Garda station in Dublin on June 20, and the second was given to gardai at Mr Watters' home address in Navan in Co Meath on June 28 - the day before he was charged and first taken to court.

Dressed in a black jumper, white shirt and black trousers, Watters made no comment during the short hearing.

In an application for legal aid, Mr Watters' solicitor said his client was a father of two on disability benefit of 188 euro (£166) a week who paid out 30 euro (£26) a week in rent.

Judge Cormac Dunne granted an application for the disclosure of interview notes held by investigators and CCTV footage of Krystle nightclub and environs, but refused an application that the court order Dublin's Mater Hospital to hand over medical notes from when Mr Watters was examined after he alleged the incident took place.

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