One day after Kasabian announced that Tom Meighan had left the band over “personal issues,” the former frontman pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-fiancee. The 39-year-old singer admitted to assaulting Vikki Ager during an incident that took place on April 9, 2020.
Meighan was handed an 18-month community order and will be required to work 200 hours of volunteer service, in addition to a short rehab stint and cover a pair of minimal costs for a victim surcharge and prosecution fee.
Kasabian announced Meighan’s sudden departure on the band’s social media accounts on Monday.
Prosecutor Naeem Valli said that the assault was witnessed by a child, who in turn called authorities. CCTV footage of the incident was played for the court. Ager suffered bruising in various parts of her body and reddening around the neck as a result of the assault.
Guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members of Kasabian.
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