Allegations that suggested Louis Walsh had groped another man's privates in a night club toilet had been dropped, it has been revealed. The accuser - 24-year-old single dad you still cannot be named - is understood to have admitted to "fabricating" the story which appeared in the tabloids last week.
The alleged incident was said to have taken place back in April in the toilet of a nightclub at a Dublin hotel, following a Westlife concert. Louis has always vigorously denied the claims.
Irish publication The Evening Herald said the claims had been "fabricated" by the accuser while the Irish News of The World stated: "Louis Walsh completely vindicated. His accuser withdraws statement and admits lies."
Louis himself confirmed this afternoon: "I have been informed by An Garda Síochána that I am now no longer under investigation. I have robustly maintained from the outset that this alleged incident did not occur.
"While I obviously welcome today's confirmation from the Garda that the matter has been dropped I remain outraged that this story ran in the first place in The Sun and I have instructed my libel lawyer to vigorously pursue legal action against the paper.
"I have no intention of letting this matter rest until I have received total and absolute vindication. This has been a hugely distressing time for me but I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for their support and I am now just looking forward to getting back to work."