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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Video: €500,000 no match for what I went through, says Walsh

Published 29/11/2012 | 05:00

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Louis Walsh outside the court with his barrister Gavin Bonner

HE has received a €500,000 defamation settlement, but vindicated Louis Walsh has insisted that the money was "no compensation" for what he has gone through over the past year.

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An out-of-court deal between the music mogul and News Group Newspapers in Ireland was reached yesterday.

A legal representative confirmed to the Irish Independent that Mr Walsh has "yet to decide" if he will spend the money or donate it to charity.

The 'X Factor' judge had sued the 'Sun' over a story last year based on a false allegation that he had sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin nightclub, Krystle.

Unemployed dance teacher Leonard Watters (24), from Navan in Co Meath, was jailed for six months in July for wrongly accusing Mr Walsh of groping him in the club's toilets following a Westlife concert in April 2011.

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