KASABIAN band members have revealed they demanded Tom Meighan to leave the band after finding out about his assault charge.
The group has released a statement claiming “he misled a lot of fans” after court proceedings today.
Ex-frontman Tom pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates’ Court to attacking his ex-fiancee Vikki Ager while drunk on April 9.
In a statement released tonight, the band wrote: “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 23 years and had big plans for our future togehter. 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. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable.
Now that the legal proceedings have been concluded, we can comment on the departure of Tom Meighan from the band. Full statement below. Kasabian x pic.twitter.com/vP7Y61sxQA
“As soon as we found out about the charges made against Tom, we as a band made the decision that we cold no longer work with him. Unfortunately we had to hold back this information until he was found guilty in court.
“We were led to believe that Tom would hold his hands up and in his statement tell everyone what he’d done, but he chose not to, misleading a lot of fans.
“Ultimately, as much as Tom has hurt us all, we’re not the victim in al of this. Domestic violence is something that can never be excused.
“Thank you for your support at this difficult time. See you all soon, Kasabian x.”
Before the assault conviction was revealed, the band said the split was “by mutual consent.
Tom then sent his fans a personal message saying: “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.”
This week the group said he was struggling with “personal issues”.
They said said: “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.”
Meighan and guitarist Serge Pizzorno, a childhood friend, were among the band’s founder members in 1997.
The singer, known for his charismatic stage presence, has been dogged by personal problems including drug and alcohol abuse.
He became infamous for outspoken remarks about fellow stars, including Pete Doherty and Justin Timberlake.
It was not clear whether Kasabian will seek a permanent replacement.