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Liam Gallagher sues brother Noel

British rocker Liam Gallagher has begun a libel lawsuit against his brother, Noel.

Noel Gallagher left Oasis moments before they were due to take the stage at a gig in Paris, France in 2009.

Noel recently opened up to the press about the incidents leading up to the band's demise, claiming Liam started the row in France by asking to advertise his fashion line Pretty Green in Oasis tour programmes.

Noel also made allegations his brother pulled out of an earlier appearance at Britain's 2009 V Festival because he was suffering from a hangover, while the official statement suggested the singer was suffering from laryngitis.

Liam is now suing his estranged brother for libel.

In a statement, released to The Sun, Liam says, "I have taken legal action against Noel Gallagher for statements he made claiming Oasis pulled out of the 2009 V Festival Chelmsford gig because I had a hangover. That is a lie and I want Oasis fans and others who were at V to know the truth.

"I was gutted when I couldn't play the gig because I didn't want to let the fans down. But the truth is I had laryngitis, which Noel was made fully aware of that morning, diagnosed by a doctor.

"Noel also falsely stated the demise of Oasis followed a massive row, in which he claimed I demanded to advertise my clothing range Pretty Green in the Oasis tour programme. The truth is there was no such discussion or row between us.

"I am used to being called all sorts of things by Noel and I have in the past said things about him. But what Noel has alleged this time went way beyond rock-and-roll banter and questioned my professionalism. I tried to resolve this amicably but have been left with no choice but legal action. All I want is an apology."

An official response to the writ must be given by Noel in London's High Court. If the brothers do not resolve it then, the case will be taken before judges. 

Watch an interview with Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell of Beady Eye here: