X Factor boss Simon Cowell has backed judge Louis Walsh "100 per cent" over claims he indecently assaulted a man in a nightclub toilet. The music mogul told The Sun today that he didn't believe "for a second" the allegations made against the 58-year-old boy band manager.
Cowell told the newspaper: "I have known Louis Walsh for 20 years and I don't believe for a second that these allegations are true. I feel very sorry for him. I've spoken to him today and he is really upset. It's horrible.
"Like all of his close friends I will support him 100 per cent."
Meanwhile Louis explained to the tabloid: "I am still shocked by these allegations made against me but I am going to fight to clear my name. I have instructed lawyers and I am not going to let this guy get away with peddling lies about me.
"No one who knows me believes this story at all. I have had hundreds of messages of support all day, which means so much. This is not fair on my friends, family or artists I work with - especially when I have had no formal contact from the police to put these allegations to me. I will fight this all the way.
"I will happily co-operate fully with the police and am 100 per cent confident that after a full investigation I will be fully exonerated. The allegations made against me are wholly false and with no foundation."
It was claimed yesterday that Louis had groped a 24-year-old man in a night club toilet in Dublin's Russell Court Hotel back in April, following a gig by Westlife. The paper claims that police have already seized CCTV from the venue and will be interviewing staff members this week.
A pal of Louis' said: "He is devastated and says there's no truth in these claims. It couldn't have come at a worse time for him, given that they've just started filming the new series of X Factor.
"But he's determined that he'll be exonerated after the investigation."
The X Factor 2011 auditions continue on June 29 in Cardiff.