Louis Walsh wins damages

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has settled a 500,000 euro (£403,500) defamation action against News Group Newspapers in Ireland.

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Louis Walsh story 'should never have been published'

Louis Walsh's lawyer said after today's verdict that the story about his client "should never have been published".

Paul Tweed confirmed that Walsh would be paid damages of more than £400,000 along with his legal costs.

He added that the case highlights the "serious damage that can be inflicted on an individual ... by the publication of totally unfounded allegations which, in the age of the internet, can circumnavigate the globe in a matter of seconds."

Louis Walsh 'relieved' but still 'angry' about his ordeal

Louis Walsh on his way into court today Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Speaking outside Dublin High Court, Louis Walsh said he would not have wished what happened to him on his worst enemy.

"I'm very relieved," he said.

"This has had a terrible effect on me guys. It was all lies.

"And I'm very satisfied with this total vindication for me, but I remain very angry at the treatment I received at the hands of The Sun."

The Sun 'unreservedly apologises' to Louis Walsh

An apology addressed to Louis Walsh was read out on behalf of News Group Newspapers to the High Court in Dublin:

The Sun published an article in its editions of 23 June 2011, in which we reported that Louis Walsh was being investigated in relation to a sexual assault on Leonard Watters.

In fact it transpired that Leonard Watters had made a false statement to An Garda Siochana, and he has since been convicted in relation to this matter.

The Sun fully accepts that the alleged assault did not occur in the first place and Louis Walsh is entirely innocent of any such assault.

The Sun unreservedly apologises to Louis Walsh for any distress caused to him as a result of our article.

– News Group Newspapers statement

Louis Walsh wins damages over false 'sex attack' story

X Factor judge Louis Walsh (centre) on his way into court with his legal team solicitor Paul Tweed (right) and Gavin Bonner (left) Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Louis Walsh won a defamation case against The Sun over a story last year based on a false allegation that he sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin night-spot.

Walsh took legal action against the publisher for damages over the article published on 23 June 2011 with the headline "Louis Probed Over 'Sex Attack' on Man in Loo".

The man who made the allegation - an unemployed dance teacher called Leonard Watters - was jailed for six months in July for wrongly accusing Walsh of groping him after a Westlife concert in April 2011.


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