Hughes retracts "unfounded and baseless" accusations
Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal has backtracked on comments he made about the Paris attacks of November 2015 after alleging that security guards at the Bataclan venue had prior knowledge of what was going to happen.
Earlier this week Hughes questioned the degree of security during the night that 89 people were killed while his band were playing live and claimed that a number of security guards did not turn up for work on the night of the attack.
A spokesperson for the venue rejected the claims and subsequently branded Hughes’ comments “insane”
He has now apologised, issuing a statement in which he calls his accusations “absurd” and admits to being plagued by trauma since the events of that night.
“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,” Hughes said.
“My suggestions that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan played a role in the events of 13 November are unfounded and baseless – and I take full responsibility for them,” he added.
“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 13 November.” Distancing his bandmates from the comments, he concluded: “The shame is 100% mine.”
Hughes previously claimed that greater access to firearms for the public may have prevented the attack.
Eagles of Death Metal recently pulled a series of gigs after Hughes sustained an injury to his finger. The band made their live return on February 18, exactly three months after terrorists targeted their show at the Le Bataclan theatre in Paris. 89 people were killed in one of a series of attacks on the French capital.
The band are due to play Reading and Leeds festivals later in the summer, with these appearances not expected to be affected by Hughes’ injury.