A 24-year-old man has been charged with falsely accusing X Factor judge Louis Walsh of groping him in a nightclub.

Leonard Watters appeared in court over unfounded allegations that the pop music mogul had indecently assaulted him on a night out in Krystle in Dublin.

Watters, who was granted bail on condition he does not contact the X Factor judge or anyone from the Westlife band, is charged with making a false report to gardai.

He appeared at a brief sitting of the Dublin District Court just before 1pm.

Walsh has described the investigation over the last week as hugely distressing.

The court was told the allegation against The X Factor jduge was made on June 20 at Harcourt Terrace Garda station in the city centre.

Watters was charged under section 12 of the Criminal Law Act, and penalties for the offence range from a 500 euro fine to five years in prison.

The accused has told investigating officers he has no fixed abode, but the court heard he is from Navan in Co Meath.

Judge William Early granted bail on a total of three conditions. As well as avoiding contact with Walsh and Westlife, he must not interfere with any other potential witnesses and must provide an address within the next 24 hours.