X Factor's Louis Walsh Thanks Simon Cowell And Gary Barlow For Support Over False Groping Allegations

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Veteran X Factor judge Louis Walsh has thanked Simon Cowell and Gary Barlow for their support when he was falsely accused of groping a man in a nightclub in April last year.

Speaking about Simon after he was awarded a hefty sum of money in a libel settlement against the Irish Sun, The Mirror reported Louis - whose accuser later admitted that he had made up the accusations - as saying:

"Simon called me today, so did Gary Barlow, so did Piers Morgan. All these people. People have come out of the woodwork supporting me.

“And Simon is a really good friend of mine. He knows me and knew. He just felt really sorry for me. He knew I was in a very bad place. Everybody around me has been a million percent supportive.”

X Factor's Louis Walsh Thanks Simon Cowell And Gary Barlow For Support Over False Groping AllegationsX Factor's Louis Walsh Thanks Simon Cowell And Gary Barlow For Support Over False Groping Allegations

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Issuing an apology to the Irish High Court, senior counsel for News Group Newspapers, Eoin McCullough said in a statement:

"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."

X Factor's Louis Walsh Thanks Simon Cowell And Gary Barlow For Support Over False Groping AllegationsX Factor's Louis Walsh Thanks Simon Cowell And Gary Barlow For Support Over False Groping Allegations

Louis is appreciative of Gary's support (WENN)

He added: “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 apologies to Louis Walsh for any distress caused to him as a result of our article.”

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