KASABIAN singer Tom Meighan cried in court today as he admitted attacking his girlfriend in a shocking booze-fuelled rage while she shouted “get off me”.
The rocker, 39, broke down as CCTV showed him hitting ex-fiancee Vikki Ager and then dragging her by the ankles into the back garden of their home.
Meighan also threw his partner, who he had been seeing for four years, across a room and into a hamster cage before threatening her with a wooden pallet during the “sustained attack”.
Ms Ager was left with swelling to her eye, a head injury, bruises to her knees, elbow and ankle as well as reddening around the neck.
The singer wiped his eyes with a tissue and held his head in his hands as he admitted the domestic abuse charge at Leicester Magistrates Court heard.
But he avoided jail after District Judge Nick Watson ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Sentencing Meighan, Judge Watson said: “Ms Ager has not made a statement to police and does not appear to support this prosecution.
You hit her in the face and pushed her into a hamster cage, which resulted in injury to her head.
“Of course, that choice does not mean I should treat this offence any less seriously.
“You knocked Ms Ager over on more than one occasion and put your hands to her throat.
“You hit her in the face and pushed her into a hamster cage, which resulted in injury to her head.”
He added: “You threatened her with a wooden pallet. It seems you thought better of it, thankfully, and threw it down on the hot tub aggressively.
“Throughout most of the video she could be seen fighting you off.”
Judge Watson said the sentence took into account that Meighan had let down “many people” including his bandmates and fans
He added: “They will be shocked about what you did that night.”
The singer “smelt heavily of intoxicants” as he attacked Ms Ager on April 9 this year, the court heard.
A witness to the assault rang 999 to say a “domestic incident was taking place”.
Prosecutor Naeem Valli said the caller “sounded panicked and afraid” and Ms Ager could be heard saying “get off me, get off me”.
Mr Valli said officers described the victim as being “visibly upset” while Meighan was said to be “unco-operative and aggressive”.
Meighan was arrested at the scene but had to be transported to a police station in a van because he was confrontational behavior.
When questioned by police he denied an assault but after seeing the footage accepted that he “threw the victim across the room in a rage”.
Meighan originally denied an assault had taken place but after watching video footage, he told officers he could not watch it any further because it was “horrible”.
Mr Valli said the offence “could be argued to be relatively serious” – describing it as a “sustained assault”.
Defending Meighan, Michelle Heeley QCMichelle Heeley, QC, told the court: “They bickered a lot and they had been residing in the house because of lockdown
“They had been drinking and had a few bottles of wine. He accepted he was intoxicated.”
The lawyer said Meighan accepted the incident was “wholly of his own making”, adding that: “All parties seek to move on.”
She added: “You can see his discomfort in court. To find himself in court is a personal humiliation but he has no-one but himself to blame for that.”
She said: “The pressure of the lockdown situation, the lack of work meant that he succumbed and began to drink again.
“It’s clear on the day of the offence he and his partner had been drinking to excess. They had been in good humour before this offence.”
Ms Heeley told the court he “offers his sincere apologies to the people he has let down and he has sought to address his offending behaviour”.
Meighan shocked fans when he quit Kasbian yesterday, after it was announced he was dealing with “personal issues” and wanted to concentrate on “getting his life back on track”.
But The Sun revealed the Shoot the Runner rocker was actually stepping down because of a domestic abuse allegation.
Meighan, known for his rockstar style and swagger on stage, wore a dark coat and striped un-tucked shirt as he made his way into the court today.
He has fronted Kasbian since 1997 with the band going on to release six top 10 albums, win a string of awards and headline Glastonbury in 2014.
After his bandmates announced he was standing down, Meighan wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Meighan’s departure from Kasabian leaves guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members, with current drummer Ian Matthews joining the group in 2004.
A source said: “The guys all love Tom dearly, but the current situation is untenable. Sadly parting ways for the time being was the only answer.”
The singer 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.