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November 24, 2004

Oasis' Gallagher fined over brawl


MUNICH, Germany (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped an investigation of Oasis singer Liam Gallagher over a 2002 brawl at a Munich hotel in exchange for a $65,200 fine, a spokesman said Monday.

The Dec. 1, 2002, fight at the hotel left Gallagher with several broken teeth, and police said at the time that he had kicked an officer outside the hotel's nightclub.

Anton Winkler, a spokesman for Munich prosecutors, said contradictory statements by those involved left authorities unable to clearly establish who started the brawl.

"We have closed the investigation against the payment" of $65,200, he said. Gallagher, 32, had been under investigation on suspicion of bodily harm.

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Gallagher and four other members of Oasis and the British band's entourage were detained briefly for questioning following the fight with other patrons at the hotel disco. On their Web site, the band called the fight "an unprovoked attack" on them.

Hotel security staff separated the two sides and asked them to leave the nightclub, calling police when the fight resumed outside the entrance.




Jermaine Jackson, wife to split


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Jackson 5 entertainer Jermaine Jackson, older brother of pop star Michael Jackson, has filed for divorce from his wife of nine years.

The Superior Court divorce petition, filed Nov. 19, to dissolve the marriage of Jermaine and Alejandra Jackson asks that their children - Jaafar, 8, and Jermajesty, 4 - live with their mother. They live in suburban Encino, Calif.

The couple were married on March 18, 1995, and separated on Nov. 15. The court document cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

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