Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has refuted accusations made by Brenna Gray – the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray – that he and his fellow band members didn’t do enough to save his life.
In a new interview with SwedenRock, Root said that Ms. Gray wasn’t seeing the forest for the trees when she told a court in April that she had pleaded with Slipknot to help get her husband off of drugs just prior to his death from an overdose in 2010: “There are a lot of circumstances and dynamics there and I’m sure she’s hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere.”
Ms. Gray had claimed that her plea’s for help were entirely ignored by the band, even when she became pregnant with Gray’s baby: “One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn’t come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem.”
However, Root denied the allegations, saying that Slipknot cared deeply about Gray and did, in fact try several times to help get him clean: “Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting him into treatment numerous times; we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him.”
He said that ultimately, Gray’s fate was out of their hands: “At the end of the day, Paul was sick. What can you do? If you have a sickness, you’ve got to fix that sickness – but you can’t keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them?”
He finished: “He’s our friend. He’s our brother. He’s always going to be part of our lives. Brenna’s always got brothers she can count on, and October [Gray’s daughter] will always have eight uncles that give a shit.”
Slipknot this week released their long-awaited album .5: The Gray Chapter, dedicated to the memory of their late bandmate.
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