DISGRACED Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has claimed a violent assault on his girlfriend which noticed him convicted of assault was a ‘struggle’ and moaned ‘I took the brunt of it’.
The 39-year-old was kicked out of the Leicester-based band after he admitted the brutal booze-fuelled assault on Vikki Ager earlier this yr.
Meighan and his associate Vikki Ager Credit score: BPM Media
Meighan was sacked after twenty years with KasabianCredit score: Getty – Contributor
CCTV confirmed him hitting ex-fiancee Ms Ager after which dragging her by the ankles into the again backyard of their house.
Meighan additionally threw his associate of 4 years throughout a room and right into a hamster cage earlier than threatening her with a wood pallet throughout the “sustained assault”.
Ms Ager was left with swelling to her eye, a head damage, bruises to her knees, elbow and ankle in addition to reddening across the neck.
Talking in regards to the incident alongside Ms Ager to Cornwall Live, he claimed he cannot keep in mind elements of the assault and was affected by alcohol habit on the time.
He mentioned: “We had an excessive amount of to drink. I remorse every little thing that occurred that evening – what I can keep in mind of it.
“I don’t condone it – it’s horrific. I really like my associate to items.
Meighan admitted finishing up the brutal assaultCredit score: BPM Media
“I used to be at a boiling level in my life – I didn’t know the place issues have been heading. I used to be drowning myself with drink due to my issues and issues happening round me.
“We had a struggle and I took the brunt for it. I used to be absolutely accountable for what occurred however we love one another and we’re getting over it.”
Meighan described the assault and the courtroom look because the “lowest level of my life” including “I felt like I’d died on the day of the courtroom case”.
He described showing in courtroom because the ‘lowest level in my life’Credit score: BPM Media
Meighan escaped jail after the assault Credit score: PA:Press Affiliation
“The media made it a factor, however I’ve a conscience and I say to Vix how sorry I’m about it,” he mentioned.
Meighan averted jail after District Decide Nick Watson ordered him to hold out 200 hours of unpaid work.
After the assault he checked into rehab to get assist for his alcohol habit.
After sentencing in July, the band issued an announcement saying: “As quickly as we discovered in regards to the costs towards Tom, we as a band made the choice we may now not work with him.”
After he left Kasabian in July, his ex-bandmates ensured he received’t proceed to revenue from the band, by booting him out of their profitable corporations.
It means Meighan who was the group’s frontman for twenty years, will now not generate income from ticket or merchandise gross sales.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Girls’s Assist has this recommendation for victims and their households:
- All the time maintain your telephone close by.
- Get in contact with charities for assist, together with the Girls’s Assist reside chat helpline and providers equivalent to SupportLine.
- If you’re at risk, name 999.
- Familiarise your self with the Silent Answer, reporting abuse with out talking down the telephone, as a substitute dialing “55”.
- All the time maintain some cash on you, together with change for a pay telephone or bus fare.
- In case you suspect your associate is about to assault you, attempt to go to a lower-risk space of the home – for instance, the place there’s a approach out and entry to a phone.
- Keep away from the kitchen and storage, the place there are more likely to be knives or different weapons. Keep away from rooms the place you would possibly change into trapped, equivalent to the lavatory, or the place you could be shut into a cabinet or different small house.
If you’re a sufferer of home abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s electronic mail assist service is open weekdays and weekends throughout the disaster – [email protected].
Girls’s Assist gives a live chat service available. from 10am to midday.
You can too name the freephone 24-hour Nationwide Home Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Meighan beforehand admitted to a meltdown in 2016 after he cut up from his long-term girlfriend Kim James, who moved out with their daughter Mimi Malone.
Kasabian shaped in Leicester in 1997 and conquered the charts with 5 of their six studio albums hitting the No 1 spot.
Meighan along with his former Kasabian bandmatesCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation/PA Pictures
The singer acting at Leeds Competition in 2017Credit score: Getty – Contributor