The 24-year old man who has accused X Factor judge and Westlife manager, Louis Walsh of sexual assault, has been described by staff at the hotel where it was alleged to have happened, as a "celebrity chaser".
Louis Walsh is one of the most popular people in showbusiness and his friends have rallied around in support. Simon Cowell, one of his closest friends, was angry over the slurs and said: "I don't believe for a second these allegations are true."
The incident was said to have happened in April after a Westlife performance in Dublin and one wonders why it has taken so long for his accuser to report the assault? Although the Irish police are said to be investigating, they have yet to approach Walsh, although details are being splashed across every Irish and UK paper.
Louis himself is furious that such slurs can be publicly made without any approach to him by police. However, if the police in Ireland decide there is no case to answer, then what will the consequences be for the single dad who made the claims? Will the man be named and shamed, or like those who make false allegations of rape, will he be unfairly protected by anonymity? Was money a motivating factor in making the allegation eight weeks after the alleged incident?
Such accusations can prove devastating for someone, no matter how innocent or rich and anyone who is even remotely familiar with Mr Walsh would find it difficult to believe that he would place himself in such a situation.