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Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes Apologizes For Implying Security Was In On Terrorist Attacks


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Eagles Of Death Metal frontman/guitarist Jesse Hughes has asked for forgiveness after implying that some of the security team at the Le Bataclan venue in Paris, France were in on the terrorist attacks that occurred during the band’s November 13th, 2015 show. During their set, armed gunmen forced their way into the venue, killing 89 of those in attendance as part of a series of attacks that rocked the city that night. In a recent interview with foxbusiness.com, Hughes said of that tragic night:

“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.”

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He later added: “It seems rather obvious they had a reason not to show up.” A representative for the venue then fired back at Hughes, issuing the following the statement:

Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams. 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.”

Faced with considerable backlash for his comments, Hughes has since come out with the following apology:

“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.”

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