Kasabian has issued a new statement condemning domestic violence following the sentencing of former frontman Tom Meighan at Leicester Magistrates earlier today.
Meighan, who first denied the charge of domestic abuse, later pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court after witnessing CCTV footage of the brutal attack. After watching the footage in the aftermath, Meighan allegedly told officers to turn it off because it was “horrible”.
The incident, which resulted in the 39-year-old musician descending into a drunken rage, was captured by surveillance footage and showed Meighan striking the victim. The evidence then allegedly shows the former Kasabian lead singer dragging Vikki Ager into their back garden by her ankles.
The attack took place during the health crisis lockdown in April. Following his appearance in court, Meighan’s lawyer confessed that the singer is now facing “personal humiliation, but he has nobody but himself to blame”.
The court was informed that Ms Ager suffered multiple injuries during the attack. As a result, she was left with bruising to her left elbow, her ankles, knees and significant red marks around her neck.
During the case, Prosecutor Naeem Valli told the court that Meighan’s actions “could be argued to be relatively serious” and later described it as a “sustained assault”.
Meighan has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.
The news comes just 24 hours after Meighan’s shock decision to leave the indie rock group, one he formed in Leicester in 1997. “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent,” the statement read.
“Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track. We will not be commenting further.”
The band have now released a full statement in light of the court proceedings: “Now that the legal proceeding have been concluded, we can comment on the departure of Tom Meighan from Kasabian. No one in the band wanted this to happen. We have all worked so hard for the past twenty three years and had big plans for our future together. We’re completely heartbroken.
The statement continued: “But we were left with no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band. There is absolutely no way we can condone his assault conviction. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable. As soon as we found out about the charges against Tom, we as a band made the decision that we could no longer work with him. Unfortunately, we had to hold back this information until he was found guilty in court.”
Adding: “We were led to believe that Tom would hold his hands up and in his statement tell everyone what he’d done but he chose not to, misleading a lot of fans. Ultimately, as much as Tom has hurt us all, we’re not the victim in all of this. Domestic violence is something that can never be excused. Thanks for your support at this difficult time. See you all soon.”
See the full statement, below.