Belfast Telegraph

Walsh happy to be cleared of attack

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has welcomed the news that gardai have dropped an investigation into an accusation of an alleged indecent assault.

The music mogul was commenting as it emerged that a 24-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of knowingly making a false report to gardai.

He was detained in Navan town and was taken to Dublin for questioning in a city centre garda station, where he can be held for up to 24 hours.

The penalty for such an offence ranges from a 500 euro fine to five years in jail.

Walsh said it had been a "hugely distressing time" and he is now pursuing legal action over publication of the story.

He said: "I have been informed by An Garda Siochana that I am now no longer under investigation. I have robustly maintained from the outset that this alleged incident did not occur."

Walsh said he is "outraged" that the story was ever published and he had instructed his libel lawyer.

He added: "I have no intention of letting this matter rest until I have received total and absolute vindication. This has been a hugely distressing time for me but I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for their support and I am now just looking forward to getting back to work."

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 boy bands Boyzone and Westlife.

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