The lead singer of a US rock band that survived the Paris killings has claimed the Bataclan theatre attack was an inside job.
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes told Fox News on Thursday (AEDT) that “six or so” guards did not show up for their shifts the night of the November 13 attack.
“Out of respect for the police still investigating, I won’t make a definite statement, but I’ll say it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up,” Hughes said.
Bataclan theatre was one of several locations targeted during the Paris attacks. Ninety people were killed by gunfire and grenade explosions.
A total of 130 were killed and 350 injured that night.
The singer and guitarist said he became suspicious at the start of the night when a guard refused to look him in the eyes.
“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’,” Hughes told Fox News.
“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 also claimed the attackers allowed three people to leave the theatre.
The musician is known in the US for conservative views and support for gun ownership.