Tom Meighan Issues Statement Apologising To Partner And Bandmates
Meighan posted the statement on Twitter, saying that he has booked himself into rehab to be treated for alcoholism and that he and Vikki are 'still very much in love' and hope to be able to move on from what happened as a 'stronger couple'.
He also revealed he has recently been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), which has helped him understand his 'behavioural issues'.
Meighan wrote: "I am very sorry and deeply regret my recent behaviour. In no way am I trying to condone my actions or make excuses. I am completely to blame and accept all responsibility.
"I have struggled for many years with alcohol addiction. The incident in April was a wake-up call for me, for who I was, and what I was becoming. I was spiralling out of control. My mental health was becoming more and more unstable and I was at breaking point."
Meighan continued: "I would like to assure everyone that the incident in question was an isolated one, and anyone who knows me will know it was completely out of character."
He added: "I hope in time you can forgive me."
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Earlier this week, the 39-year-old musician pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner Vikki Ager on 9 April this year.
As well as his unpaid work, Meighan will also be required to complete five days of rehabilitation and ordered to pay a £90 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs. No restraining order has been imposed.
Sentencing Meighan, district judge Nick Watson said: "I need to take account of the fact that not only did you hurt Ms Ager, you also let down many people - band members and those who love your music. They will be shocked about what you did that night."
Having already announced Meighan's departure from the band, Kasabian then released a statement that said: "Now that the legal proceedings have been concluded, we can comment on the departure of Tom Meighan from Kasabian.
"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.
"But we were left with no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band. There is absolutely no way we can condone his assault conviction."
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