Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has apologized for a story in the band's 2001 memoir 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 Tuesday (March 5th), 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 22nd via Netflix.