Tony Bennett: Sorry About Those 9/11 Comments

Singer apologizes on Facebook for blaming attacks on US policy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 12:21 PM CDT
Tony Bennett is seen on stage during a tribute for Amy Winehouse at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Tony Bennett is stepping back from controversial statements about 9/11 he made to Howard Stern. The 85-year-old singer has been taking flak for saying that misguided US policies led to the attacks. “They flew the plane in, but we caused it," he said Monday. "Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

Today, Bennett apologized in a Facebook statement. "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," he wrote. "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." (Read more Tony Bennett stories.)

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