Louis Walsh accuser charged
The man who accused Louis Walsh of indecent assault has been charged with making ''false allegations'' about 'The X Factor' judge
Louis Walsh's accuser has been charged with making "false allegations" about 'The X Factor' judge.
Leonard Watters, 24 - who had claimed the 57-year-old music mogul indecently assaulted him in the toilets of Dublin nightclub Krystle - appeared in Dublin District Court today (29.06.11) where he was charged under section 12 of the Criminal Law Act but released on 300 euro bail on the condition he does not contact Louis or anyone from the band Westlife.
Penalties for the offence range from a 500 euro fine to five years in prison.
Judge William Early also insisted the unemployed accused of no fixed abode must not interfere with any other potential witnesses and ordered him to provide an address within the next 24 hours and adjourned the case until September 7.
Mr. Watters was arrested in his hometown of Navan, Co. Meath yesterday (28.06.11) under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act on suspicion of making a false statement of complaint to police in which the allegations against Louis were made.
Louis yesterday spoke of his relief that the allegations proved unfounded and said he will be seeking "absolute vindication".
He explained "I have robustly maintained from the outset that this alleged incident did not occur.
"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."