Tom Meighan, frontman for UK rock band Kasabian, has quit the band.
UPDATE: Though the band released a statement explaining Meighan’s departure was due to “personal issues,” today (July 7th) the former singer pled guilty to assaulting his former fiancee, Viki Ager.
After pleading guilty in a Leicester court, he was sentenced to “18 months of probation and 200 hours of community service,” according to BBC News. He also has to complete five days of rehabilitation. Prosecutors said the “sustained assault” occurred on the evening of April 9th and left Ager with bruises to her knees, elbow, ankle as well as “a reddening around her neck.” When police arrived, they said Meighan “smelt heavily of intoxicants” and was “aggressive” and refused to cooperate.
Meighan’s attorney, Michelle Healey, confirmed Meighan’s departure is directly related to the incident.
Kasabian released a new statement on Twitter:
“Now that the legal proceedings have been concluded, we can comment on the departure of Tom Meighan from the band,” the band wrote.”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.”
Read their statement below.
Meighan was a founding member of Kasabian, which formed in Leicester in 1997. The band released their self-titled debut in 2004 and would go on to release five more studio albums, with their latest being 2017’s For Crying Out Loud.
Now that the legal proceedings have been concluded, we can comment on the departure of Tom Meighan from the band. Full statement below. Kasabian x pic.twitter.com/vP7Y61sxQA
— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) July 7, 2020