One of the icons of the American music scene got himself into some hot water Tuesday over comments he made on Howard Stern’s show about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and now he has apologized, msnbc.com reports.
Singer Tony Bennett said on the Stern show that America was to blame for the attacks, saying in part: “They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” according to the report. He then added: “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”
Bennett, who recently turned 85, later issued an apology, saying: "There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country. My life experiences — ranging from the Battle of the Bulge to marching with Martin Luther King — made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior. I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world."