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He's the one, says Louis, as he tips Robbie for X Factor seat

Robbie Williams and his wife will "strenuously" defend themselves against sexual harrassment claims made by a former employee.

Gilles De Bonfilhs is suing the Angels singer and his wife Ayda Field over claims she sexually harassed him before he was fired, US website TMZ said.

A spokeswoman for Williams said: "The claims being made by a disgruntled former employee, after he was sacked for serious misconduct, are entirely without substance. Any proceedings will be strenuously defended."

The couple, who married in 2010, have two children.

Stoke-born Williams first hit the headlines in Take That but quit the group in 1995 and embarked on a hugely successful solo career.

He married Ms Field in the grounds of his Beverly Hills mansion in August 2010 and their daughter Theodora was born two years later.


A son, called Charlton Valentine, arrived last October.

Meanwhile, Louis Walsh (pictured) is tipping Robbie Williams to take his place on The X Factor judging panel.

The 62-year-old music manager confirmed he will not be returning to the TV talent show in the autumn, but insisted he had left of his own choosing.

"I've done it for 11 years. I never thought I would even be on TV for four or five. To get 10 was great, to get 11 was amazing," he said.

"I haven't been sacked, but I'm not hanging around this year because I want to go back to being a manager. I'm basic- ally going back to my roots.

"But I wasn't sacked - I have not been hired and I'm not hanging around."

Walsh said the person he would most like to see take his seat would be pop star Williams.

"If I was to pick the perfect person it would be Robbie Williams, or maybe even Niall Horan from One Direction, put somebody else Irish in there," he said.