Jesse Hughes' band dropped from festivals after his Bataclan security accusations

The Eagles of Death Metal; Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme. Photo / Supplied
The Eagles of Death Metal; Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme. Photo / Supplied

The Eagles of Death Metal have been dropped from two festival lineups after singer Jesse Hughes' Bataclan allegations.

In a recent interview with Fox Business Network, Hughes insinuated that some of the Bataclan security guards were in on the Paris terror attack, and had called in sick to avoid the massacre. In a separate interview, Hughes also argued that France's gun laws allowed the attacks to occur.

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Hughes has since apologised for his comments, but French music festivals Le Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine have dropped the band from their line-ups nonetheless.

The announcement came via Facebook at the weekend saying: "Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes' recent allegations given in an [interview] with an American media, both Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band's performance. We thank you for your understanding."

Hughes has admitted to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since the Bataclan attack and says "I haven't been myself" since.

"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," the singer said in a statement of apology.

"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."

- NZ Herald

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