Staying order refused in Walsh case

Lawyers for X Factor judge Louis Walsh claim he's been obstructed every step of the way in his defamation action against The Sun.

Lawyers for X Factor judge Louis Walsh claim he's been obstructed every step of the way in his defamation action against The Sun.

He's suing over an article in June last year about false reports to gardai that he sexually assaulted Leonard Watters in the toilets of Dublin nightclub Krystle.

The Sun has been given six weeks to hand over files and bank statements to Louis Walsh relating to the newspaper's investigation into claims by Leonard Watters that he was sexually assaulted by the music manager in Krystle nightclub.

In a defamation action against the tabloid, the X Factor judge alleges a journalist at The Sun offered 24 year old Leonard Watters money to go to gardai and make the complaint.

This is denied by the tabloid which is being sued over an article published in June last year headlined 'Louis probed over Sex Attack on Man in Loo'.

Watters has since been jailed for making the false reports to gardai.

The Sun's lawyers today sought a stay on the discovery order but it has been refused by Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill who said it was unwarranted and that the matter had dragged on too long.

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