Members of Kasabian have broken their silence over Tom Meighan's departure from the group, and the real reason they asked him to leave.
The 39-year-old singer pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-fiancée Vikki Ager yesterday at Leicester Magistrates Court.
Before the proceedings, Kasabian had confirmed on social media that Tom had left the band "by mutual consent" but have now issued a new statement in which they hit out at the singer for not being honest with their fans over the reason why he quit.
Tom's former bandmates have said that they made him leave when they found out about the domestic violence charges.
In a statement to their 356,000 followers on social media, Kasabian announced: "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 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. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable."
The statement continued: "As soon as we found out about the charges made against Tom, we as a band made the decision that we could 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 victims in all of this. Domestic violence is something that can never be excused."
Tom previously said in his own statement: "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."
Tom was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work by District Judge Nick Watson, who spared him a prison sentence.
The singer was seen on CCTV and shows him striking his victim and dragging her by her ankles during the coronavirus lockdown in April.
Vikki was left with a head injury, a swollen eye, bruises to her knees, elbow and ankle, and reddening around her neck.