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Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes Seeks Forgiveness After Suggesting La Bataclan Security Was in on Terrorist Attack

James Stafford, Loudwire
James Stafford, Loudwire

Just two days after it came to light that Eagles of Death Metal‘s Jesse Hughes suggested the security at Le Bataclan was in on the terrorist attacks that took place at the band’s Nov. 13, 2015 show, the frontman has retracted his statement. Issuing a formal apology, he seeks forgiveness for what he said and details his personal struggles, still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

Hughes insinuated that he knew something was up when six of the security’s staff failed to report to work that night, stating, “it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.” These words incensed the venue, who made a statement of their own, and now the frontman has attempted to make amends with his 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.

The frontman also came under fire when he took an extreme stance on the country’s gun control laws, exclaiming, “Gun control kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it, but if you want to bring it up I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single f–king person from dying at the Bataclan? And if anyone can answer ‘yes’, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life charging head-first into the face of death with their firearms.”

Nearly 90 concertgoers lost their lives at the venue when the attacks opened up as the band were already well into their set. Eagles of Death Metal managed to escape out the back, but their merch man Nick Alexander was counted among the victims that night.

Shortly after making their return to Europe, Hughes tore a tendon in a finger on his left hand, rendering him unable to play guitar and forcing the group to cancel six shows with the hopes of rescheduling them further down the road.

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