Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has issued an apology, after he suggested the November 13th attacks on the Bataclan theatre in Paris could have been an inside job. Hughes’ apology comes after the Bataclan’s owners called his remarks, which were made in an interview with Fox Business News, “grave and defamatory.”

Jesse HughesJesse Hughes has apologies for comments he made about security at the Bataclan.

“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,” Hughes wrote.

“My suggestions that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan played a role in the events of 13 November are unfounded and baseless – and I take full responsibility for them. They do not reflect options of my my bandmates or anyone associated with Eagles of Death Metal. The shame is 100% mine.”

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“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 13 November. I am sincerely sorry for having hurt, disrespected or accused anyone.”

In his interview with Fox Business Hughes had been asked if anything seemed unusual when he arrived at the Bataclan on November 13th. “When I first got to the venue and walked in, I walked past the dude who was supposed to be the security guard for the backstage,” Hughes said.

“He didn’t even look at me. I immediately went to the promoter and said, ‘Who’s that guy? I want to put another dude on.’ He says, ‘Well, some of the other guards aren’t here yet.’ And eventually I found out that six or so wouldn’t show up at all.”

“Out of respect for the police still investigating, I won’t make a definite statement, but it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up,” he added. Following the interview, the Bataclan released their own statement, condemning the frontman’s comments.

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“Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams,” the Bataclan’s owners said. “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 13 November. Hundreds of people were saved thanks to [their] intervention.”