Editorial: Let's hope Louis will bounce back
A collective sigh of relief today greets the news that the allegations of sexual assault against Louis Walsh are totally untrue.
The man who accused Louis of groping him in a gents toilet has reportedly admitted to gardai that he invented the accusation. His lying accuser had dealt a devastating blow to Louis.
Such an accusation can ruin a person's reputation and Louis Walsh's deliverance for this hellish situation will be widely welcomed.
Louis has always proved to be the most accessible of pop impressarios and his open attitude to the media and members of the public has been refreshing. But he has been scarred by this awful event and it is deeply hoped it will not change him.
It would be a profound shame if the outgoing, likeable guy becomes withdrawn or wary in the future.
Good luck, Louis.