Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes is backtracking on comments made earlier this week, where he suggests that security at Paris’ Bataclan theatre may have been in on the terrorist attack that killed 89 people during his band’s show last year.
Speaking to Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Hughes had claimed “six or so” security guards failed to show up on the night. “It seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up,” he said.
The venue responded, calling his statements “grave and defamatory”.
Now, Hughes has apologised for his words. In a statement on Facebook, he writes: “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.”