Tom Meighan, the former Kasabian frontman, is due in court today amid an alleged domestic assault charge.
While little is known about the specifics of the assault charge brought against the 39-year-old musician, it has been confirmed that it relates to an incident on April 9, 2020. Meighan has been charged with domestic assault by beating, The Sun reports.
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.”
A source told the British tabloid: “The guys all love Tom dearly, but the current situation is untenable. Sadly parting ways for the time being was the only answer.”
Meighan, who has worked prolifically alongside bandmates and close friends Sergio Pizzorno, Ian Matthews and bassist Chris Edwards since forming the group, reacted to the news yesterday when he said: “Following today’s announcement I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well,” in a post on social media.
He added: “I’m in a really good place now. Thanks for all your love and support. I’ll be seeing you all very soon.”
Now, of course, the details of Meighan’s personal problems have come to light.
It is not yet known if the band will replace Meighan or if Pizzorno will step up to take on the lead vocal duties.