Fierce music mogul Louis Walsh has revealed that he was left suicidal after he was falsely accused of a sexual assault.
The scandal shocked the nation last month when the media shot fire at the jolly Irish man after he was accused of a sexualÂ assault by a male dance teacher.
Child dance tutor Leonard Watters alleged that the famous X Factor judge and Simon Cowell’s TV partner in crime, had groped him in the toilets of an exclusive nightclub in Louis home town Dublin.
Mr Walsh was whipped up in a whirlwind media storm fueled by sordid accusations and rumors. Unable to cope with the negative attention and fear that his respectable reputation was in tatters, the manager of Westlife, 58, admits that the brief ‘living hell’ he endured made him contemplated taking a lethal cocktail of drugs.
Alone in his ordeal Louis reminisced: ‘I locked myself in my hotel room in London. I wouldn’t speak to anyone. I was devastated,’ he says.
‘That night in the Kensington Hotel I did think about a way out. It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever considered ending it. I was serious. â€¨â€¨â€˜All I could think was: “How will I tell my family? Should I just f***ing take tablets and forget about it?” I swear to God, I swear to God.’
Luckily It wasn’t long before the police smelt and rat and the pressure got to his accuser. Eventually Leonard, 24, shamefully admitted that he had fabricated the tale and was charged in court for making a bogus time-wasting statement to the authorities.
However, the incident may all be forgotten and dusted under the carpet for Louis’ fans but the famous face says that the bitter taste will stay with him for the rest of his life…
â€˜I’ve changed forever. This has made me physically ill. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. I’ve lost so much weight that my suits don’t even fit me anymore,’ Louis tells the Sunday Mirror.
‘The panic attacks are awful. I have to calm myself down and say, “It’s over, I’m going to be OK”.’