Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan pleads guilty to assaulting ex-fiancee

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan pleads guilty to assaulting ex-fiancee

July 7, 2020

Kasabian singer Tom Meighan, 39, admits sustained assault on ex-fiancee Vikki Ager after attacking her in front of terrified child while smelling ‘heavily of intoxicants’ as 999 handler heard victim yell: ‘Get off me, get off me’

  • The 39-year-old was at Leicester Magistrates’ Court Tuesday and pleaded guilty
  • The former Kasabian lead singer admitted to the assault of Vikki Ager on April 9
  • The court was told that Meighan ‘smelt heavily of intoxicants’ as he assaulted her
  • Child witnessed assault and call 999 to say ‘domestic incident was taking place’

Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee a day after he quit the band.

The 39-year-old appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to beating Vikki Ager on April 9 this year.

The court was told that Meighan ‘smelt heavily of intoxicants’ as he attacked Ms Ager.

A child witnessed the assault and contacted 999 to say a ‘domestic incident was taking place’, the court heard.

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan (pictured arriving at court today) pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee a day after he quit the band

The rock star, 39, admitted to beating Vikki Ager on April 9 at Leicester Magistrates’ Court (pictured, today)

Prosecutor Naeem Valli said the child ‘sounded panicked and afraid’ while making the call and the victim could be heard saying ‘get off me, get off me’.

Mr Valli said officers described Ms Ager as being ‘visibly upset’ while Meighan was said to be ‘unco-operative and aggressive’.

Meighan, of Narborough, originally denied assault but after watching video footage, he told officers he could not watch it any further because it was ‘horrible’.

The court heard Ms Ager suffered bruising to her knees, left elbow, outer ankle and big toe as well as a reddening around the neck, which she confirmed to officers was as a result of the assault.

Prosecutor Valli told the court the offence ‘could be argued to be relatively serious’ – describing it as a ‘sustained assault’.

Meighan quit the band (pictured in 2018) yesterday, with it releasing a statement saying he was dealing with ‘personal issues’ and wanted to concentrate on ‘getting his life back on track’ 

Meighan quit Kasabian yesterday, with it releasing a statement saying he was dealing with ‘personal issues’ and wanted to concentrate on ‘getting his life back on track’.

The band’s official Twitter account posted: ‘Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent.

‘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.’

Meighan later wrote on his page: ‘Following today’s announcement I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well.

‘I’m in a really good place now. Thanks for all your love and support. I’ll be seeing you all very soon. TM x.’

Ms Ager is Meighan’s former fiancee, with the rocker revealing they were engaged in 2017.

He told Clash magazine ‘I’ve just got engaged so there you go! A lot has happened this year… trust me, man, f***ing hell!’

 

 

Meighan previously told Radio X he experienced a meltdown in 2016 after he split from girlfriend Kim James, with whom he has daughter Mimi, now six.

Referencing his local team Leicester City’s shock Premier League title win that same year, Meighan said: ‘Basically my life changed. I’m by myself. Because I lost myself.

‘In every way 2016 was great for Serge, great for Leicester City, s*** for me. I had to sort my head out. My attitude. Stuff I was doing. People I was associating with. Not bad people.

‘I was the one that was bad, I was in the haze. I was very unhappy, just down. You block it out by just carrying on. I was making myself ill, I ain’t gonna lie, my mind was jolted.’

He added he was not taking responsibility for what he was going through, calling the experience ‘horrendous.’ 

This year Kasabian was due to play a massive homecoming concert at Leicester’s Victoria Park on June 20, but had to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kasabian confirmed yesterday lead singer Tom had quit the band and said ‘personal issues have affected his behaviour for some time’ (pictured in 2017)

With their live plans halted, Meighan revealed the band had been writing tracks for a seventh studio album – their first since 2017’s For Crying Out Loud – and he had been penning some ‘autobiographical’ solo songs in lockdown.

He recently told Sky News: ‘We’re going to try and make a new record as soon as we can but we can’t really do anything while we’re restricted. Serge has been writing songs for Kasabian so it’s all good.’

Discussing his own solo plans, Meighan added: ‘I’m writing loads of music at the minute.

‘We’ll see what happens. I’ve got a few cookies in the jar… and they’re not bad, you know.

‘It’s very autobiographical, like the story of my life. It’s kind of… heartbreaking. Well, not heartbreaking, just to the core, you know. Very real.’

Kasabian has been together since 1997 and earned huge success with songs such as Fire, Processed Beat and Club Foot.

In 2018, band member Serge Pizzorno released his debut solo album under the name S.L.P. (Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno).

He told the Sun at the time the band had no plans to go their separate ways, adding: ‘I am in my band and I love my band.

‘The best way to describe it is, it’s like another planet I can now visit whenever I want. It’s this planet that orbits and I can go there for a bit.’

Kasabian took a break following their 2017 For Crying Out Loud tour.

Pizzorno said: ‘When you get to six albums, you’ve got to keep it clever and make it interesting. Kasabian have had six albums — five No1 albums in a row.

‘We’ve headlined Glastonbury, Leicester Stadium, The O2 and got really big in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America.’

Meighan’s departure leaves guitarist Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members, with drummer Ian Matthews joining in 2004.

It is not clear whether Kasabian will seek to replace Meighan as lead vocalist.

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