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.
"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."