Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

X Factor Walsh denies 'sex attack'

Louis Walsh 'vigorously denies' assault allegations
Louis Walsh 'vigorously denies' assault allegations

Louis Walsh has "vigorously denied" allegations that he indecently assaulted a 24-year-old man.

According to The Sun newspaper, police are investigating claims against the X Factor judge over the alleged incident in a nightclub at a hotel in Dublin.

A spokeswoman for Walsh, 58, said he would "willingly co-operate" with any investigation, but stressed he had not been contacted by police about the claims.

The spokeswoman said: "He vigorously denies all of the allegations. If contacted by the police he will willingly co-operate with any investigation. Louis categorically denies any wrongdoing and will fight to clear his name."

She added: "The fact of the matter is the police have made no contact with Louis whatsoever."

The newspaper quoted a police source as saying: "An investigation is ongoing."

Walsh told The Sun the allegations were "wholly false and without foundation" and said he was confident he would be "fully exonerated".

The star became a household name in 2004 when he became a judge on the X Factor, and is the only remaining member of the original panel.

He has managed a number of groups and performers, including boybands Boyzone and Westlife.

A spokesman from An Garda Siochana said it does not comment on named individuals or individual investigations.

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