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Man who attacked Noel Gallagher to be sentenced today
The man who shoved Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher so hard that the rocker said he felt like he "had been hit by a bus" is to be sentenced Wednesday in a Toronto court.
Daniel Sullivan ran on stage and pushed Gallagher from behind into his speakers during a music festival in September 2008. Gallagher said in a victim impact statement that he has undergone months of rehabilitation and doses of pain killers, but still suffers from pain.
Gallagher suffered three broken ribs and the band was forced to cancel concerts in Paris and New York.
Sullivan, a 48-year-old Pickering, Ont., contractor, pleaded guilty to causing bodily harm.
He admitted he was drunk and couldn't remember how he got backstage at the Virgin Music Festival.
His lawyer said the combination of daily stress, alcohol and keeping a business afloat during a recession led to the attack.
In videos taken by fans that went viral on YouTube, Sullivan is seen storming the stage and pushing Gallagher into his floor monitors while the band performed their 1995 hit (What's the Story) Morning Glory."
A flailing Sullivan is then tackled by security guards as he approaches Gallagher's younger brother, singer Liam.
The Crown is seeking a sentence of six to eight months in jail - suggesting that Sullivan, an amateur actor, had perhaps been seeking his 15 minutes of fame.
Gallagher has also launched a $2-million civil lawsuit against Sullivan.
In addition to a string of hits in the '90s the band is also known for the bickering between the Gallagher brothers. The remaining members disbanded earlier this year after Noel left the band last August after an altercation with Liam.
Via L4E source: winnipegfreepress.com
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