NIKKI SIXX: 'I Stand 100 Percent Behind The #MeToo Movement'
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx says that he fully supports the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment of women.
Although MÖTLEY CRÜE was one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, shifting millions of records with its unique brand of glam metal, the band will be remembered more for its exploits off stage, including jaw-dropping groupie stories, many of which are covered in MÖTLEY CRÜE’s 2001 memoir ”The Dirt”.
Asked by Rolling Stone what he has learned about women in the past 35 years, Sixx said: ”I stand 100 percent behind the #MeToo movement. I think we’re in a very great time for equality and we’ve got room to grow. Even though we were fucking animals and the shit that we did was fucking crazy and the shit the girls did to us was crazy, there was never a moment ever that anybody in the band took that as an opportunity to wield power. I’m not saying we were angels, but it was all consensual.”
Earlier this month, Sixx apologized for a story in ”The Dirt” in which he describes a scene where he may have participated in a sexual assault during a party. In the story, recounted by Sixx to writer Neil Strauss, Sixx said he ”pretty much” raped an intoxicated woman after he had sex with her in a closet and then sent drummer Tommy Lee in to do the same.
On March 5, Sixx told Rolling Stone that he didn’t recall the incident in question, claiming that the details in the book were ”possibly greatly embellished” or ”made up.” He said in a statement: ”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.”
He added, ”I don’t actually recall that story in the book beyond reading it. I have no clue why its 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. There is a lot of horrible behavior in the book . . . we all lived to regret a lot and learned from it.”
In the book, Sixx said he completely forgot about the encounter until the woman called him the following morning and told him she had been raped by a man as she hitchhiked home from the party. Sixx said in the book, ”At first, I was relieved, because it meant I hadn’t raped her. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I pretty much had. I was in a zone, though, and in that zone, consequences did not exist. Besides, I was capable of sinking even lower than that.”
The incident is not included in the upcoming film adaptation of ”The Dirt”, which will arrive on March 22 via Netflix.