Kasabian’s Tom Meighan speaks publicly for first time since assaulting partner: ‘I regret everything that happened that night’

Former Kasabian musician Tom Meighan has spoken for the first time after pleading guilty to assaulting his partner.

Meighan was given an 18-month community order and 200 hours of community service by Leicester Magistrates Court.

Speaking about the incident for the first time, the 39-year-old told Cornwall Live that the pair had both had too much to drink before the event, with it coming at a point when he was “at a boiling point in my life” and “drowning myself” with alcohol.

“I regret everything that happened that night – what I can remember of it,” he said. “I don’t condone it – it’s horrific. I love my partner to pieces… We had a fight and I took the brunt for it. I was fully responsible for what happened but we love each other and we’re getting over it.”

<p>On stage with Kasabian in 2018</p>

On stage with Kasabian in 2018

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Ager said that the fight was a one-off incident and that it had been her daughter who called the police. Ager claimed that she asked the police not to proceed with the prosecution at the time and insisted that it wasn’t a case of domestic violence.

Meighan said he wanted to apologise to “my partner for all the stress it caused, I want to apologise to Kasabian and I want to apologise to the fans – all the people I let down”.

The musician was the lead vocalist for “Fire” band Kasabian, which he formed in Leicester in 1997 with Sergio Pizzorno and Chris Edwards.

The band enjoyed vast success in the 2000s and 2010s with their albums, including Kasabian, Empire, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and Velociraptor!.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the issues addressed in this article, you can call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline at 0808 2000 247 or visit www.refuge.org.uk.

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