28 November 2012
Louis Walsh granted £403k following defamation action
Louis Walsh has been awarded compensation worth £403,500 after suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) on the grounds of defamation today (November 28th).
The X Factor judge took legal action against the media organisation owned by Rupert Murdoch after the Irish Sun published a story entitled 'Louis Probed Over 'Sex Attack' on Man in Loo' in June 2011.
In this article, it was alleged that Walsh had sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin nightclub, but the music industry professional insisted this was a false accusation and sued for aggravated and exemplary damages.
Leonard Watters, the man who alleged Walsh of assaulting him, was imprisoned for six months for making a false accusation.
NGN subsequently accepted the article was based on mistruths and agreed to grant Walsh compensation, although it denied the allegation of defamation.
Following the case, Walsh said he is "absolutely gutted and traumatised" that the article was published, adding: "I was totally bewildered as to who would have made up this type of story."
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Posted by Trusha Vyas