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Eagles of Death Metal frontman 'begs for forgiveness' after suggesting Paris attack was an inside job

Jesse Hughes said his comments were “unfounded and baseless”.

Jesse Hughes
Jesse Hughes
Image: Joel Ryan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

JESSE HUGHES, THE frontman of Eagles of Death Metal, has apologised for suggesting the Bataclan concert attack was an inside job.

Hughes previously said he was suspicious of  security guards at the Parisian venue where 90 people were killed at the band’s concert on 13 November.

The singer and guitarist told Fox Business he felt uneasy when setting up for the show as a guard in charge of the backstage area did not make eye contact.

As the California rockers were playing, assailants opened fire and threw grenades to kill 90 people, the deadliest in a series of coordinated attacks around Paris claimed by the Islamic State group that left a total of 130 dead and 350 injured, many seriously.

In the interview, Hughes said that one of the assailants allowed three fans to leave the venue – in what he saw as further proof that the culprits had previous knowledge of the Bataclan.

He has now released a statement via the band’s Facebook page to “humbly beg forgiveness” for the comments which he said were “absurd” and “unfounded and baseless”.

- with reporting from AP

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