Former Kasabian frontman, Tom Meighan, has issued a lengthy statement after he was convicted of domestic assault.
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 ex-fiancé Vikki Ager into their back garden by her ankles.
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 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.
Now, in reaction to his sentencing, the former frontman has issued an apology while detailing his alcohol addiction and ADHD diagnosis, stating: “I am completely to blame and accept all responsibility”.
“I would like to make a statement about recent events and publicly apologise to my partner Vikki, my band-mates, my friends, family and fans,” Meighan’s statement began. “I am very sorry and deeply regret my recent behaviour. In no way am I trying to condone my actions or make excuses. I am completely to blame and accept all responsibility.
“The incident in April was a wake-up call for me, for who I was, and what I was becoming,” he added. “I was spiralling out of control. My mental health was becoming more and more unstable and I was at breaking point.”
He continued: “I have also recently been diagnosed with ADHD, and although this in no way excuses my actions, it has helped me to understand more about my behavioural issues. I only wanted to assure everyone that I was in a good place mentally, compared to where I had been,” he said.
“I would never knowingly mislead fans and appreciate them greatly.”
Meighan concluded: “Vikki & I hope to be able to move on from this as a stronger couple. I hope in time you can forgive me.”
See the statement, below.