Bataclan owners have reacted to Eagles of Death Metal’s frontman Jesse Hughes’ claims that the Paris venue’s “security had a reason not to show up” on Nov. 13, the night of the terror attack that killed 89 people during EODM’s concert.
“Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams,” a Bataclan rep said in a statement, which called Hughes’ claims “insane.” “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.”
In an interview with Fox Business Network, Hughes said one of the security guards had raised his suspicion because he didn’t look at him, but when he asked the promoter to replace him, he was told that the other guards had not yet arrived. “Eventually I found out that six or so wouldn’t show up at all. It seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up,” Hughes told Fox.
Last month, the controversial singer said France’s gun control laws were to blame for the Nov. 13 attacks’ death toll. “Did your French gun control stop a single person from dying at the Bataclan? If anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so,” said Hughes in an interview for TV news channel iTele that aired on the eve of the band’s comeback on a Parisian stage. “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.
“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”
Shortly after those declaration, the band canceled the remainder of its European tour due to an injury to Hughes’ hand.
In a previous interview, Hughes had said Eagles of Death Metal would be the first band to perform at the Bataclan when it reopens, but it seems unlikely considering the singer’s recent accusations.
Meanwhile, the Bataclan released a statement last month announcing the start of the venue’s renovations, which are expected to be completed by the end of the year.