By Kieran Webber

Tom Meighan, the frontman for Kasabian has today announced that he will be leaving the band. Kasabian rose to success with their self-titled debut album in 2004. Since then they had a string of successful singles and LP’s as well as many notable live performances.

It was announced on the band’s Facebook page, the message read:

“Tom Meighan is stepping down from the band 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.

According to The Sun Tom is appearing in court for “assaulting his girlfriend”. This article will be updated as the story unfolds.

UPDATEKasabian tried to play a dirty PR trick with the announcement of Tom Meighan’s exit from the band. It was first published by The Sun that Tom was due in court for an alleged assault, we can now confirm that this is in fact true.

The longtime singer for Leicester rock band appeared in court today and pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-fiancee Vikki Ager on the night of April 9th. Meighan reportedly threw Ager across a room, grabbed her leg while she was seated in a chair, and also hit her on the head. Ager was reportedly left with bruises on her knees, elbow, and ankle, as well as “a reddening around her neck.” The assault reportedly took place in front of a child, who called 999 to report “a domestic incident was taking place.”

Tom has been handed an 18-month community order, including 200 hours of unpaid work (source: BBC & Pitchfork).

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