Police in London will not pursue charges against irascible Oasis frontman Liam
Gallagher for attacking a photographer last week, according to the band's U.S. publicist,
Lisa Markowitz of Epic Records.
The band's U.K. management said in a statement that authorities cited a lack of evidence
in deciding not to pursue the case.
Gallagher was arrested Nov. 4 after free-lance photographer Mel Bouzad claimed the
singer destroyed his camera following a scuffle outside a London pub. "I approached
him to take a picture and he turned aggressive," Bouzad was quoted as saying by
A statement issued by Oasis' U.K. label, Creation Records, and Ignition Management
said British press reports that Gallagher had been on a drinking binge at the time of the
incident were unfounded. "Liam was confronted by Bouzad whilst having a quiet
afternoon drink with a couple of friends at a local Primrose Hill pub," the statement said.
Gallagher has no intention of filing a claim against the photographer, Markowitz said,
noting, "If he did that, he'd be in court every day. He moves on."
Oasis recently released an album of B-sides, called The Masterplan, which
includes the single "Acquiesce" (RealAudio excerpt).
The 26-year-old singer has grappled with camera-wielding people before. In March,
during the band's tour of Australia, 19-year-old British fan Benjamin Russell Jones
alleged that Gallagher head-butted him for trying to take his picture. Jones opted to seek
damages in British civil courts instead of pressing criminal charges.