Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has apologized for a story of sexual assault included in The Dirt. In the Crue memoir, Sixx recalled having sex with a woman, but having Tommy Lee switch places with him halfway through the romp without the woman’s knowledge.

Sixx was asked about the incident in a new interview with Rolling Stone. “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 described in The Dirt. “‘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.'

“In the closet, I stood directly behind Tommy,” he continued. “He fucked her while she grabbed my hair and yelled, ‘Oh, Nikki! Nikki!'”

The next morning, Sixx received a phone call from the woman, who was unaware that Sixx and Lee had switched places during the sexual encounter. The woman revealed she had been raped after leaving the party, as she attempted to hitchhike home.

Hearing about the woman’s horrid experience caused Nikki Sixx to reevaluate his actions from the night before. “I had probably gone too far,” Sixx admitted in The Dirt. “I hadn’t raped her. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized 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.”

When asked about the incident by Rolling Stone, however, Sixx denied it ever happened:

The book was written in 2000 during a really low point in my life. I had lost my sobriety and was using drugs and alcohol to deal with a disintegrating relationship which I still to this day regret how I handled..I honestly don’t recall a lot of the interviews with Neil.
I went into rehab in 2001 and really wish I would’ve done my interviews after I was clean and sober like I am today.
I don’t actually recall that story in the book beyond reading it. I have no clue why its in there other than I was outta my head and it’s possibly greatly embellished or [I] made it up. Those words were irresponsible on my part. I am sorry.
There is a lot of horrible behavior in the book.
What I can tell you is that we all lived to regret a lot and learned from it.
We own up to all our behavior that hurt our selves, our families, friends and any innocents around us.

None of the incidents above are expected to be included in the film adaptation of The Dirt, which premieres March 22 on Netflix.

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