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Saturday 18 August 2018

Louis 'in the clear'

BATTLE: I'm confident I'll be totally vindicated, says Westlife manager

LOUIS WALSH is set to be cleared of an allegation that he assaulted a man in a nightclub toilet.

The 58-year-old X Factor judge was voluntarily interviewed by gardai in Dublin yesterday -- but is unlikely to face any charges and it is understood he may shortly be cleared of any wrongdoing.

Senior sources told the Herald that it was "unlikely" charges would be brought against the Westlife manager, given the scant evidence supporting the complaint.

A source said: "If credible evidence cannot be produced to substantiate this allegation, Mr Walsh has no case to answer."

Gardai are working on taking statements from dozens of people who were in Krystle nightclub on Harcourt Street, the location of the alleged assault on April 10.

Among those who will be contacted will be members of Westlife, who Walsh said were with him in the club. CCTV has also been examined.

The 58-year-old is meeting his lawyer in Dublin again today following his interview with gardai yesterday, it is understood. He returned from London to Dublin on Thursday to fight the allegation, and is staying at his city home on Appian Way, Ballsbridge.

The Mayo man has given his full co-operation to gardai investigating claims that he assaulted the 24-year-old Co Meath man in the nightclub.

The X Factor supremo has come out fighting after jetting back to clear his name.

He was left reeling after claims in a newspaper that he had indecently groped a man in Krystle nightclub last April 10 -- allegations he vehemently denies. Gardai launched an investigation into the complaint made by a Meath-based dad.

Walsh hired legal eagle Paul Tweed, the same lawyer used by Rosanna Davison in her successful High Court battle with Ryanair, to defend him against the allegation, which he vehemently denies.







Shock

And he has already started a legal battle to ensure his good name is not further smeared by the shock allegations.

"I am not taking this lying down and I'm going to keep fighting to clear my name. There's not a shred of truth in any of these claims," he said.

"I'm confident I'll be totally vindicated in this as I've done nothing wrong."

The X Factor judge has admitted he was devastated when he first heard about the claims and was forced to fly back to Ireland at short notice to clear his name. He has said that he's more than happy to help them with their inquiries.

The nightclub where the incident was alleged to have taken place, in the toilets of the club after Westlife's O2 concert, also said it has "no knowledge" of it.

"Louis Walsh has frequented Krystle for four year and is always an absolute gentleman, we think it's disgraceful what he's being put through," said a spokesman.

Many showbiz friends have voiced support for the music mogul, including his X Factor boss Simon Cowell.

mfinn@herald.ie

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