Nikki Sixx apologises for ‘The Dirt’ rape story: “I have no clue why it’s in there”

"Those words were irresponsible on my part. I am sorry.”

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx has apologised for a rape story that was published in the band’s memoirs, The Dirt.

The book, which was written by the band with author Neil Strauss, featured a passage where the bassist recalled having sex with a woman he knew at a party. At one point, he said left the room and returned with his bandmate Tommy Lee.

“We fucked for a while, then I told her I had to go to the bathroom. I went into the party and found Tommy,” Sixx was quoted as saying in the book. “‘Dude, come here.’ I grabbed him. ‘I got this chick in the closet. Follow me, and don’t say a word. When I tell you, start fucking her.’”

He continued to say he stood behind Lee while the drummer had sex with the woman, who believed the man to be Sixx. He went on to say he didn’t remember the incident until the woman involved called him and told him she had been raped that night. Although she said she had been attacked while hitchhiking home, the musician said it made him think he had “probably gone too far”.

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“At first, I was relieved, because it meant I hadn’t raped her,” he wrote. “But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I pretty much had. I was in a zone, though, and in that zone, consequences did not exist. Besides, I was capable of sinking even lower than that.”

In a statement given to Rolling Stone, Sixx has now said he doesn’t “actually recall that story in the book beyond reading it.”

“I have no clue why it’s in there other than I was outta my head and it’s possibly greatly embellished or [I] made it up,” he said. “Those words were irresponsible on my part. I am sorry.”

He added that he didn’t remember “a lot of the interviews with Neil” and wished he had contributed his recollections to the book after he had gotten “clean and sober”.

“There is a lot of horrible behaviour in the book,” he said. “What I can tell you is that we all lived to regret a lot and learned from it. We own up to all our behaviour that hurt ourselves, our families, friends, and any innocents around us.”

He had previously suggested some of the stories in the book had been embellished by Strauss. The author said he was prevented on commenting on Sixx’s claims by his contract.

The Dirt has been made into a new film, which is set to arrive on Netflix on March 22. The biopic stars Douglas Booth as Sixx, Machine Gun Kelly as Lee, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, and Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars.