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Wednesday, July 15, 1998 Published at 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK


Oasis singer 'settles out of court'

Oasis brothers Liam Gallagher, right, and Noel

The rock star Liam Gallagher has reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement believed to be worth £60,000 with a British backpacker he allegedly headbutted, according to The Sun newspaper.

The Oasis singer had consistently denied attacking hospital porter Ben Jones while his band were touring Australia.

Mr Jones, a hospital porter from Devon, received a broken nose after he claimed he was headbutted by the singer while asking him for a photograph during the band's tour of Australia.

The alleged incident happened in March, while Mr Jones and his British girlfriend, Emma Gellatly, waited outside an apartment complex in Brisbane.

Ms Gellatly's father Peter, who has been representing Mr Jones, told the newspaper: "I can confirm a deal has been agreed but I cannot go into the figures for legal reasons.

"Ben is satisfied with the outcome and believes that the settlement is fair," he added.

Civil action

Mr Gallagher was arrested after the allegations and later brought to court. But in June Mr Jones asked for the criminal case to be dropped saying he was bringing a civil action.

The alleged attack followed a troubled start to Oasis' tour of Australasia. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways banned Mr Gallagher and his band because they said they had behaved badly on a flight.

The tour ended with disgruntled fans in Brisbane and Wellington, New Zealand, complaining about the performance of the band.

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