Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal apologized for comments he made about the Bataclan theater on Wednesday, where he suggested the shooting that took place during his band’s concert there in November was an inside job.
“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,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Speaking to Fox Business Network, Hughes recalled noticing a disturbing lack of security when he arrived at the Bataclan for their show on Nov. 13, the day of the attacks.
“Out of respect for the police still investigating, I won’t make a definite statement,” he said, “but it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.”