Le Bataclan: Jesse Hughes apologizes for 'absurd accusations'
UPDATE: Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has apologized for alleging the November attack at Le Bataclan might have been conducted in part by the Parisian venue’s security staff. The full statement from his reps is below:
“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 percent 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 Nov. 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.”
EARLIER: In a Fox Business Network interview that aired Wednesday and Thursday nights, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes suggested security at Paris’ Le Bataclan music venue may have been tipped off to the terror attacks on the site that left 89 dead.
“When I first got to the venue and walked in, I walked past the dude who was supposed to be the security guard for the backstage. He didn’t even look at me. I immediately went to the promoter and said, ‘Who’s that guy? I want to put another dude on,’ and he goes, ‘well some of the other guards aren’t here yet,’ and eventually I found out that six or so wouldn’t show up at all,” Hughes said, before adding, “it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.”
Le Bataclan has now responded to Hughes’ comments. “Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams,” a rep for the venue told Variety in a statement that called the claims “insane.” “A judicial investigation is undergoing. We wish to let justice proceed serenely. All the testimonies gathered to this day demonstrate the professionalism and courage of the security agents who were on the ground on November 13. Hundreds of people were saved thanks to [these agents’] intervention.”
Eighty-nine people died at the Nov. 13 Eagles of Death Metal concert, which was one of a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris that night. Hughes has made controversial comments about the events before. “Did your French gun control stop a single f–king person from dying at the Bataclan?” he said in February. “And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so. … I think the only way my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them.”
Eagles of Death Metal returned to Paris last month to perform for survivors of Le Bataclan attack.