Simon 'delighted' for Louis Walsh as false accuser of groping claims appears in court

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has said that he is "delighted" for pal Louis Walsh after the man who claimed the Irish music mogul had sexually attacked him is charged with making a false statement. The 24-year-old, now named as Leonard Watters, appeared in court today over the "fabricated" allegations made against The X Factor judge.

He had claimed that Louis had groped his private parts in a night club in Dublin back in April, following a gig by Westlife at a local hotel. Yesterday however police confirmed they had dropped the case against Louis after the 'victim' admitted to making the story up.

Today Simon Cowell told The Sun: "I am delighted for him. I never had any doubt that this was a load of rubbish.

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"Louis is a good friend of mine and I think the world of him. I am so pleased that everyone now knows it is a load of rubbish as well. I am so pleased for him and I look forward to seeing him soon.

"I have spoken to him and I know he is very happy."

Dad of two Leonard Watters appeared in court today and was released on bail on charges of making a false statement and extortion.

Louis said: "I have been informed that I am no longer under investigation. I have robustly maintained from the outset that this alleged incident did not occur.

"This has been a hugely distressing time for me but I would like to thank friends and colleagues for their support."

"I am now just looking forward to getting back to work."

A source told the tabloid: "He wants to get back in the thick of it and take his mind off it. He is determined the show will go on."

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