Irish music mogul Louis Walsh has been awarded $645,000 (£400,000) in compensation after he was falsely accused of indecent assault.

Walsh, a judge on the British version of The X Factor, was left reeling last year (11) when a U.K. tabloid reported that jobless dancer Leonard Watters had accused the star of groping him at a nightclub in Dublin, Ireland.

He vehemently denied the claim and Watters was subsequently found to have lied to authorities investigating the case.

Watters later pleaded guilty to making false reports to police and was jailed for six months, which was later increased to 11 months following an appeal.

Walsh then launched legal action over the publication of the story, and he won the substantial damages payout on Wednesday (28Nov12).

Speaking outside court after the hearing, he tells Sky News, "I'm very satisfied with this morning's total vindication for me, but I remain very angry at the treatment I received... I was absolutely gutted and traumatised that these allegations against me should have been published... It was totally untrue and it went all around the world on the Internet within seconds... I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy... This was very traumatic. I will never get over it. I am just relieved it's over."