Published Mar 11, 2016This week a Fox Business News interview with Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes surfaced online, in which the musician insinuates that security at the Bataclan theatre in Paris may have had prior knowledge of last November's terrorist attacks.
Hughes described what he perceived to be some sketchy members of the venue's security team, then noted that a number of guards didn't arrive for their shifts on the evening of November 13, and "it seems rather obvious they had a reason not to show up."
The Bataclan has now issued a statement, vehemently refuting Hughes' "insane" accusations. The message from the venue rep reads [via Variety]:
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.
Hughes recently stirred up controversy with his public support of firearms. "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," he said in a television interview, before declaring that until there are no guns, "everybody has to have them."
UPDATE (3/11, 8:30 p.m.): Jesse Hughes has issued a statement via Eagles of Death Metal's social media. In it, he apologizes for the "unfounded and baseless" accusations against security staff at the Bataclan and explains that he is still coping with "non-stop nightmares" and "struggling through therapy to make sense of this tragedy and insanity." Read the full message below.
The Bataclan is currently under renovation and is expected to reopen by the end of 2016.
Eagles of Death Metal are gearing up to head back on the road, and will come to Canada later this spring on a joint tour with Death From Above 1979. Watch Hughes' recent interview on Fox Business News in the player below.