Liam Gallagher has been fined $5,000 (£3,295) for missing a child support hearing in New York due to “anxiety and depression”.
Gallagher was due in a Manhattan court for the hearing with Liza Ghorbani, the mother of his 22-month-old daughter Gemma, on Monday (January 12), but was absent from the meeting after a doctor signed him off last minute for being “anxious and depressed”, according to the New York Post.
“Mr Felder, where is your client?” judge Laura Drager asked Gallagher’s attorney, Raoul Felder, before shaking her head in disbelief and saying the doctor’s note was “insufficient”.
Ghorbani’s attorney Ira Garr then told Drager that he had a photo of Gallagher and his new girlfriend walking arm-in-arm in London over the weekend, saying “I think it’s offensive. My client came up from Virginia.”
Gallagher’s lawyer has since said that he and his client believe “the case was resolved on an extremely generous basis to the lady”. “Liam has always wanted to be more than fair and has always accepted responsibility for the child,” Felder told Mail Online. “The lady and her advisors have not allowed this to happen.”
Liam Gallagher missed a previous court date two months ago when he claimed he was too ill to fly to the US for a deposition with Ghorbani’s lawyer. The former Oasis man was allegedly seen with his girfiend in a pub in London the next day.
Ghorbani, a journalist for publications including Elle and The Wall Street Journal, had a fling with Gallagher after she interviewed him for the New York Times in 2010 and subsequently gave birth to a daughter, Gemma, in January 2013. Gallagher was living with wife Nicole Appleton, the mother of his 12-year-old son Gene, when news of Ghorbani’s claims were revealed. The couple have subsequently split, and Ghorbani previously filed a £2 million lawsuit against the singer for child support.
Meanwhile, Gallagher’s band Beady Eye disbanded in October. The band released their debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ in 2011 and its follow up ‘BE’ in June 2013.