“Hundreds of people were saved thanks to (these agents’) intervention.”
The owners of the Bataclan venue have condemned Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes’s suggestion that some members of security “had a reason not to show up” on the night of last year’s Paris terror attacks.
In a statement to Variety, a Bataclan representative called Hughes’s claims “insane,” saying: “Jesse Hughes spread some very grave and defamatory accusations against the Bataclan teams.
“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.”
Hughes made the remarks in an interview with Fox Business Network broadcast yesterday (March 10), where he appeared to hint that he believes “six or seven” workers failed to turn up to the gig because they may have known an attack was imminent.
“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 said, ‘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 I’ll say that it seems like they had a reason not to show up.”
Hughes was playing with the Eagles of Death Metal at the venue on November 13, where 89 people were killed in a terrorist attack.
The frontman said last month that he believed more people may have survived the attack had the been legally allowed to carry guns.
“I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal.”