Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Apologizes for ‘Absurd’ Bataclan Comments
Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes has issued an official statement apologizing for his recent comments suggesting staff at the Bataclan had prior knowledge of the terrorist attack that took the lives of 89 people in Paris last November.
"I am sincerely sorry for having hurt, disrespected or accused anyone," Hughes said, calling his previous accusations "unfounded and baseless."
Jesse Hughes' statement:
I humbly beg forgiveness from the people of France, the staff and security of the Bataclan, my fans, family, friends and anyone else hurt or offended by the absurd accusations I made in my Fox Business Channel interview. My suggestions that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan played a role in the events of November 13 are unfounded and baseless—and I take full responsibility for them. They do not reflect opinions of my bandmates or anyone associated with Eagles of Death Metal. The shame is 100% mine. I’ve been dealing with non-stop nightmares and struggling through therapy to make sense of this tragedy and insanity. I haven’t been myself since November 13. I realize there’s no excuse for my words, but for what it’s worth: I am sincerely sorry for having hurt, disrespected or accused anyone."
Hughes made the comments during an interview with Fox Business Network. He said he had a strange feeling about one of the guards at the venue before the show started and was told some of the security staff didn’t show up the night of the show. He said, "Out of respect for the police still investigating, I won’t make a definite statement. But I’ll say that it seems like they had a reason not to show up.”
Owners of Bataclan called Hughes' accusations "very grave" and "defamatory."