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Louis Walsh: I have hired top lawyer to fight smear

Independent.ie reporters

Published 24/06/2011 | 09:37

A shattered Louis Walsh said today he was ‘‘almost suicidal’ over allegations of sexual assault. And he revealed he has hired top lawyers to fight the smear ‘‘tooth and nail’’.

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A 24-year-old father from Co. Meath claimed he was groped by the pop guru and X Factor judge in the Krystle nightclub toilets, only hours after a Westlife concert in 02.

Messages of support flooded in today from pop legends and friends.

Elton John, Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne have all expressed their support for Walsh as he fights the allegations.

The star has agreed to co-operate with gardai to defend his name, but admits the allegations have devastated him.

"My name and my good reputation is all I've got and that has been besmirched by a complete pack of lies. I was nearly suicidal when I heard what I was being accused of. It's just been a nightmare. The crazy thing is that there's absolutely not a shred of truth to any of it," he told the Daily Star yesterday.

"I was meant to be going to Elton John's charity party tonight, but Elton called and offered me any support I needed."

And more of Walsh's showbiz friends have rallied around their pal.

In a post on Twitter, Osbourne, who was a judge with Walsh on The X Factor, wrote "Send big love & good vibes to my friend Louis Walsh and don't believe everything you read in the papers."

Meanwhile, Cowell told The Sun, "I have known Louis Walsh for 20 years and I don't believe for a second that these allegations are true.

"I feel very sorry for him. I've spoken to him today and he is really upset. It's horrible. Like all of his close friends I will support him 100pc."

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