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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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

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