Munich prosecutors were investigating December 3, 2002 whether to file charges against British rock star Liam Gallagher for a weekend brawl. The lead singer for Oasis could face charges for causing grievous bodily harm, disturbing the peace, destroying property and resisting arrest after a Dec. 1 punch-up at a Munich hotel. Gallagher is seen here performing in Berne July 19. Photo by Peter Mosimann/Reuters
Oasis Singer Returns to UK After Munich Brawl
Tue December 3, 2002 07:43 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - British rock star Liam Gallagher returned home on Tuesday after a brawl in a Munich hotel -- and he did not appear to have any obvious marks on him.
The volatile lead singer of Oasis was reported to have broken two teeth in the punch-up.
The 30-year old singer could face charges for causing grievous bodily harm, disturbing the peace, destroying property and resisting arrest after the Sunday morning brawl at a Munich hotel.
But Munich state prosecutor Anton Winkler told Reuters it was possible that Gallagher would only receive a summary fine that would close the case if it were accepted.
Police said Gallagher assaulted an officer trying to break up a fight pitting the singer and two other Oasis band members against other patrons at the five-star Bayerische Hof hotel.
Liam swaggered off his flight from Munich at London's Heathrow Airport showing no obvious signs that he had been in a serious scrap.
There were no cuts to his face, no bruises and no swelling around his mouth. He made no attempt to hide his face as he walked from his British Airways jet with his head held high.
However he refused to say one single word about the incident and all questions put to him were met with silence.
He kept silent when asked how many teeth he had lost or what exactly had happened. He refused to say where the incident left the band's tour plans and would say nothing about the future of Oasis.
The only time he did utter a word was when one of the pack of photographers surrounding him walked into a pillar injuring his nose and mouth.
Liam quipped: "I'd take a picture of that if I were you mate." His voice was clear and without a trace of any lisp.
Liam walked from the plane flanked by two minders and two airline security men. He was escorted through the baggage hall and then led to a side door where his limousine was waiting.
Oasis said on its Web site that two remaining concerts on the German tour were canceled because of the damage to Gallagher's teeth.
"The damage to Liam's teeth is worse than it first appeared and he will have to return to the United Kingdom for surgery before he will be able to perform again," the Web site said.
Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher formed Oasis in 1991. The band released its first album "Definitely Maybe," three years later and it was billed as the fastest-selling British debut.