"My suggestions... are unfounded and baseless – and I take full responsibility for them"
The lead singer of the Eagles Of Death Metal rock band has apologised after suggesting music venue employees may have played a role in the Paris terrorist attack in November.
During an interview with Fox Business Network, Jesse Hughes said he considered it suspicious that some security guards at the Bataclan concert hall did not arrive for work on the night of the shooting in which 90 people were killed by Islamist gunmen.
He said: "It seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up."
The singer had also said he thought it strange that when he first arrived at the venue one of the security guards did not look at him.
He said: "I immediately went to the promoter and said 'Who's that guy? I want to put another dude on.'
"And he goes '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."
Now Mr Hughes has posted an apology on the band's Facebook profile in which he blames his accusations on post-traumatic stress and pleads with France and Bataclan staff to forgive him.
"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," he said.
"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.
"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 November 13.
"I realise there's no excuse for my words, but for what it's worth I am sincerely sorry for having hurt, disrespected or accused anyone."
Last month Eagles Of Death Metal played for survivors of the massacre in a gig at the Olympia venue, a few miles from the Bataclan.