Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, has been accused of being a warmonger.
Dickinson allegedly received a $500 million contract from the United States military to manufacture drones, which have then been used in various attacks across the world.
However, a spokesperson for the rocker has since denied the accusation. A written statement to the NME noted: “This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a South African website that the writer of said blog has since used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy.”
Previously, a blog entitled Dorset Eye made the claim, writing a post called, “Bruce Dickinson Rock’n’Roll Warmonger.”
The piece made the claim Dickinson had recently accepted a contract from the US military to create “lighter-than-air” Drones, and they cited Conference Speakers International as their source, which is a South African conference speakers’ website.
Explaining Bruce’s involvement in the company, the spokesperson continued, “Bruce and Rod are proud to be involved with a British company at the cutting edge of this technology.”
They then added, “As with many far-sighted technological advances, early adopters and financial supporters tend to be military-based as they have the resources to invest and develop, be that everything from space-travel to medicine.”
They then concluded, “Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, as this writer has claimed in such an erroneously dramatic and defamatory manner, HAVs are designed to offer much needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these incredible vehicles.”
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