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tennisIlove09
Dec 3rd, 2002, 07:48 AM
Oasis Wild-Man Gallagher Loses Teeth in Club Brawl
Mon Dec 2, 2:00 PM ET

By Ulf Laessing

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Liam Gallagher (news), wild-man vocalist of British rock band Oasis detained after a brawl in a five-star Munich hotel at the weekend, has been freed from jail after posting bail of more than $100,000, police said Monday.


A Munich police source told Reuters Gallagher was released Sunday after his management team came up with the bail. He faces charges of grievous bodily assault and resisting arrest for beating a number of people, including a police officer.


"The Oasis management had to come up with a six-figure sum to have the guys released," the police source said.


Gallagher, 30, lost several teeth in the punch-out, the latest in a string of misadventures for the singer, noted for reviving Britain's tradition of rock 'n' roll.


"The boy didn't look good, several of his teeth were punched out," said Munich police spokesman Christoph Reichenbach.


He said Gallagher and two other band members had got into a fight with some Italians in a nightclub at Munich's top hotel, the Bayerischer Hof, at around 2 a.m. Sunday. Liam's brother Noel was not involved.


The hotel was built in 1840 by Bavaria's King Ludwig I and was popular with 19th-century royalty.


Munich's state prosecutor Anton Winkler said the bail could be used as a fine if Gallagher is convicted.


"It is possible the bail could be kept as a fine if the investigation leads to a conviction," Winkler told Reuters. "The police are still investigating."


Gallagher's spokeswoman said he would be spending much of Monday in a dentist's chair, while a German promoter said a Hamburg gig planned for Monday night had been canceled.


It was unclear what would happen with Oasis concerts set for Dec. 4 in Duesseldorf and Dec. 5 in Bremen.

'KICKED IN RIBS'

Officers arrived at the scene after being alerted by the nightclub manager, by which time the fight had moved into the hotel foyer. When Liam was detained he kicked a police officer in the ribs "with full force," Reichenbach said.

"According to witness statements, the band members first argued among themselves," he added. "Then they started hitting each other and were shoving each other around in the nightclub.

"In the midst of all of this one of the musicians fell on a table at which a group of five to six Italians were sitting ... A brawl ensued -- band members and their security guards attacked other guests in the club."

The band's Web site said they were innocent victims.

"Several members of Oasis and their entourage were the victims of an unprovoked attack by a group of youths in a Munich club," it said, adding that Gallagher had "sustained facial injuries" in the assault.

The band said their attackers fled before police arrived, having left two of their security guards in need of hospital treatment.

The Gallagher brothers were as famous for their hell-raising in the early 1990s as for their Beatles-influenced sound, but lately marriage and children appeared to have mellowed them.

Oasis was formed by Liam Gallagher in his native Manchester, in northern England, in 1991. Three years later, they released their debut album "Definitely Maybe," billed as the fastest-selling debut in British history.

In April, they released their first single in nearly two years, "Hindu Times," and in July released a fifth album "Heathen Chemistry."

Beat
Dec 3rd, 2002, 08:46 AM
ah, liam, he's soooo rock'n' roll.... :rolleyes: