Man apologises for false assault allegation against Louis Walsh

A 24-year-old man has apologised in court for making up allegations that X factor judge Louis Walsh sexually assaulted him in a Dublin nightclub.

A 24-year-old man has apologised in court for making up allegations that X factor judge Louis Walsh sexually assaulted him in a Dublin nightclub.

Leonard Watters, from Navan, Co Meath, has admitted making two false statements to gardaí in June last year that the music manager groped him in the toilets of Krystle nightclub.

His lawyer Cahir O'Higgins said he had seemed quite convinced of the allegations at the time and is now seen in his community as a "Walter Mitty" character.

At 4am, after a night socialising with the pop impressario, Watters reported to a guard on Harcourt Street that he had been sexually assaulted by Louis Walsh in the toilets of Krystle nightclub.

Two months later, he made two false statements to gardaí and only retracted the claims when it became obvious CCTV footage did not support his allegations.

Today in court Leonard Watters said he sincerely apologised to Mr Louis Walsh for "all the stuff" he put him through.

Watters left school at 16 and worked his way "staggeringly quickly" through a large award he had received for a very serious burning accident, the court was told.

The 24-year-old is facing up to a year in prison when he is sentenced this afternoon.

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