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Friday, March 6, 1998 Published at 05:46 GMT


Oasis: Courting controversy

Liam Gallagher: troubled career

Liam Gallagher has courted controversy throughout his hugely successful but troubled career as the lead singer with Oasis.

His appearance in an Australian court where he faces a charge of assaulting a fan is just the latest in a series of clashes with both the media and the public.

Two weeks ago Oasis narrowly escaped an airline ban after its members were accused of "unruly behaviour" during their flight to Australia.

Passengers and crew on the Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Perth in western Australia accused the band and its 30-strong entourage of shouting and swearing.

One said: "They were abusive. They were nasty, they were destructive, they were smoking on board."

Gallagher said later: "I didn't throw anything. I don't know what they're talking about. And they told me to shut my mouth."

In December last year, Liam Gallagher, 25, was reportedly ejected by police officers from a bar in Glasgow Airport after he began ripping the pages out of a book by Sir Paul McCartney.

Earlier that month he allegedly was involved in a fight in a Cardiff hotel.

The Gallagher brothers sparked outrage on BBC Radio 1 in October 1997 when they unleashed a torrent of abuse on members of the Rolling Stones and George Harrison for criticising Oasis.

On the same show, broadcast before 9 pm watershed, Noel Gallagher said he would legalise drugs and added: "Drugs do work."

The next day Liam chased PA News reporter Lucie Morris down the street outside his London home when he was asked about his swearing on Steve Lamacq's Evening Session on Radio 1.

In November 1996, he was given a police caution after he was caught in possession of cocaine.

He was also cautioned by the police for criminal damage in July 1997 after he allegedly grabbed a cyclist's shirt and dragged him alongside the Mercedes car in which he was a passenger.

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