Thursday 27 April 2017

Louis Walsh denies 'sex attack' in toilet on young dad

Diana Pilkington

Louis Walsh has "vigorously denied" allegations that he indecently assaulted a 24-year-old man. According to The Sun newspaper, police are investigating claims against the X Factor judge over the alleged incident in a nightclub at a hotel in Dublin.

A spokeswoman for Walsh, 58, said he would "willingly co-operate" with any investigation, but stressed he had not been contacted by police about the claims.

The spokeswoman said: "He vigorously denies all of the allegations. If contacted by the police he will willingly co-operate with any investigation. Louis categorically denies any wrongdoing and will fight to clear his name."

She added: "The fact of the matter is the police have made no contact with Louis whatsoever."

The newspaper quoted a police source as saying: "An investigation is ongoing."

Walsh told The Sun the allegations were "wholly false and without foundation" and said he was confident he would be "fully exonerated".

The star became a household name in 2004 when he became a judge on the X Factor, and is the only remaining member of the original judging panel left on the new series.

He has managed a number of groups and performers, including boybands Boyzone and Westlife.

According to a close friend: ‘’He is devastated that this has been brought to the attention of gardai, as there is no truth in these claims.

‘’It couldn’t come at a worse time, given that they’ve just started filming the new series of the X Factor, but he’s determined that he’ll be exonerated after an investigation.’’

Last night Walsh was in Britain filming an episode of Alan Carr’s chat show along with girl band Wonderland.

The X Factor roadshow has already filmed in three locations.

Next week the show is due to be in the Welsh capital Cardiff.

A spokesman from An Garda Siochana said it does not comment on named individuals or individual investigations.

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News