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Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland. Leonard Watters. 24, at Dublin District Court today
# Court
Louis Walsh accuser appears in court
Leonard Watters has appeared at Dublin District Court today charged with falsely accusing the Westlife manager of indecent assault.

THE MAN WHO made allegations about X-Factor judge Louis Walsh has appeared in court.

Leonard Watters, 24, has been charged with falsely accusing Walsh of indecent assault in a nightclub in Dublin. He withdrew his claims yesterday, and Walsh confirmed that Gardaí were no longer investigating any allegations made against him.

BBC reports that Watters appeared at Dublin District Court today and was granted bail on the condition that he doesn’t contact Walsh or any of the members of Westlife.

The court heard today that the allegation was made by Watters on 20 June at the Garda Station on Harcourt Terrace. Sky News reports that Watters was charged under section 12 of the Criminal Law Act, and that he told Gardaí that he had no fixed abode. The court was told that he is from Navan. The judge also listed the necessity to provide an address as one of his bail conditions.

Louis Walsh said yesterday that he intends to “vigourously pursue” legal action against The Sun newspaper, which first reported the allegations.

The music manager said that he won’t rest until he receives “total and absolute vindication”.

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