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Man who falsely accused Louis Walsh of groping him sentenced to six months in jail

Brian Hutton

Published 25/01/2012 | 15:59

Louis Walsh said he has instructed his libel lawyer over a story which claimed he indecently assaulted a 24-year-old man
Leonard Watters pleaded guilty to making two false reports to gardai. Photo: PA

AN UNEMPLOYED dance teacher has been sentenced to six months in jail for falsely accusing X Factor judge Louis Walsh of groping him in a nightclub.

Leonard Watters pleaded guilty to making two false reports to gardai that the pop music mogul sexually assaulted him in Dublin nightspot Krystle last April.

The 24-year-old father-of-two from Navan, Co Meath, who was described in court as a Walter Mitty-type character, had apologised publicly to Mr Walsh at the city's District Court.

Passing sentence, Judge Dermot Dempsey immediately granted Watters bail to appeal against the decision, on condition that he lodged €100 in cash with the court.

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