Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes implied in an interview, which aired Wednesday on Kennedy on Fox Business Network, that six Bataclan security guards that reportedly skipped work on the day of the Paris terror attacks might have known about the plot in advance.
When Kennedy asked Hughes if anything seemed “strange or off” about the night, Hughes said that he takes venue security very seriously and found it unusual that a security guard did not try to stop and identify him before allowing him to walk backstage.
“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. He didn’t even look at me. … I didn’t like him at all, and so 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,” Hughes said.
He added, “You know, out of respect for the police still investigating it I won’t make a definite statement, but I’ll say it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.”
The November 13 tragedy at the Bataclan, part of a series of coordinated terror attacks that rocked Paris that day, left 90 dead and hundreds injured at the venue.
A representative from the Bataclan reacted to what Hughes said in his interview on Kennedy, calling it “insane,” and told Variety, “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.”