EODM’s Hughes Apologizes

Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes apologized for insinuating that security guards at a Paris concert venue were involved in the attack by Islamic militants in November that left 89 people dead. 

Hughes recently told the Fox Business Network that six guards at the  venue never came to work the night of the attack, and alleged the guards “had a reason not to show up.”

Shortly after, Hughes apologized: “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.

“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,” he said in a statement.

Eagles of Death Metal’s performance at Le Bataclan was turned into a bloodbath when suicide bombers stormed in as part of near-simultaneous attacks on cafes and a stadium around Paris.

For his comments, Hughes blamed lingering trauma from the attack.

“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 Nov. 13,” he wrote. “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.”