Mötley Crüe band member Nikki Sixx is walking back the details of a highly controversial story of a possible sexual assault that appeared in the band’s 2001 memoir “The Dirt.”
In the book, the rocker stated that he had taken advantage of a woman at a party along with another member of the band. However, Sixx now claims that the story was “possibly greatly embellished” or outright “made up.”
Sixx told Rolling Stone in a new interview that he does not remember describing participating in a possible sexual assault at a party as was detailed in the 2001 memoir.
Sixx described in the book a night in which he said he was pulled into a small room at a party by a woman and the two began to have sex. Soon after, Sixx said he left the room and returned with bandmate Tommy Lee and then tricked the woman into having sex with Lee while thinking she was having sex with Sixx.
Representatives for Lee did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
Sixx wrote that he woke up the next morning to hear that the woman claimed she had been raped the night before while hitchhiking home. He wrote that he at first felt relieved that she wasn't upset over what he did, but understood that he’d definitely crossed a line.
The rocker now claims that the story may not have happened the way it went down in the book. However, in a later statement, he explained that his past struggles with drugs and alcohol may have led to a complete fabrication of the facts.
“The book was written in 2000 during a really low point in my life. I had lost my sobriety and was using drugs and alcohol to deal with a disintegrating relationship which I still to this day regret how I handled...I honestly don’t recall a lot of the interviews with Neil,” Sixx told the publication on Tuesday.
The star noted that he went to rehab in 2001 and said he now regrets not doing interviews for “The Dirt” after getting sober.
As for the alleged rape incident, Sixx admitted now that he doesn’t recall any details.
“I don’t actually recall that story in the book beyond reading it. I have no clue why it's in there other than I was outta my head and it’s possibly greatly embellished or [I] made it up. Those words were irresponsible on my part. I am sorry,” he said. “There is a lot of horrible behavior in the book. What I can tell you is that we all lived to regret a lot and learned from it. We own up to all our behavior that hurt our selves [sic], our families, friends and any innocents around us.”
“The Dirt” has been thrust back into the limelight because it is the basis of the upcoming Netflix original biopic of the same name about the band’s rise to fame and party lifestyle.