Ozzy Osbourne has slammed UK's Mail Online for putting a "sensational slant" on his statements about the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, explaining that his comments were "twisted, reprinted and made into another story."
The Mail Online article quoted Ozzy as telling ShortList magazine that he was in New York when 9/11 happened. Asked if he was fightened, Ozzy replied: "I wasn't scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, y'know.
"The day after that happened, there was fucking nobody in New York. I remember standing on the steps of the hotel, and — you know when you see an old cowboy film and that tumbleweed rolls past on the ground? There was newspapers just floating around on the streets. It was so fucking weird. Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn't know if it was an all-out thing or what."
He continued: "But I hope this ISIS lot don't get going. I've come to the conclusion that it's in mankind to try to kill each other for one thing or another. And I think sooner or later one of these crazy fuckers is going to get a nuclear weapon or some fucking thing, and fuck a lot of people up. That's in our nature. I hope it won't happen, but it looks like it could happen if they get it."
Earlier tonight, Ozzy released the following statement regarding the Mail Online article:
"Firstly, I never spoke to the Mail Online. Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for the ShortList that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create the Mail Online story [about 9-11].
"I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel.
"Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone — that was never or would ever be my intention.
"You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It's another life lesson learned.
"My representatives have asked the Mail Online to pull the piece, but of course, they've refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant the Mail Online put on the story.
"Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you."