Oasis Stage Invader Pleads Guilty to Assault
Published Nov 23, 2009This isn't Canada's finest moment: the man accused of attacking Noel Gallagher onstage during Oasis's performance at last year's Virgin Festival in Toronto has plead guilty to assault causing bodily harm. The Guardian reports that Daniel Sullivan, a 48-year-old from Pinkering, ON, has admitted in court to pushing the guitarist - not that he had much of a choice, given that the incident was witnessed by thousands of concertgoers and countless YouTube viewers.
The incident occurred during Oasis's performance of "Morning Glory," when Sullivan jumped onstage, allegedly shoving Gallagher from behind and causing him to fall onto a speaker. On Thursday, Crown lawyer Ruth Neilson told the Ontario Court of Justice: "Sullivan managed to make his way up to the main stage area, run past the electrical cords set up along the stage, pass the drum kit and lunge toward Noel Gallagher, shoving him violently from behind with great force ... Sullivan almost made it to Liam Gallagher, but was tackled by security and was taken to the ground on stage ... He was held backstage for police to attend. Police report Sullivan was resisting, struggling and screaming as he was arrested. Officers tried to calm him down."
Oasis finished the show, but Noel was later taken to hospital and diagnosed with three broken ribs, resulting in the cancellation of five concerts. Court documents stated that Gallagher, who quit Oasis earlier this year, took eight months to fully recover.
Sullivan had no defence for his actions other than intoxication, stating that he doesn't remember how he got onstage. He is set to be sentenced on February 5.