(AP) Nugent says he’s insulted by concert cancellation
By RYAN PEARSON
AP Entertainment Writer
Ted Nugent said he was insulted by the cancellation of his planned concert at an Army post over his comments about President Obama.
Commanders at the Fort Knox, Ky., post nixed Nugent’s segment of a June concert after the rocker and conservative activist said at a recent National Rifle Association meeting that he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.
Nugent told The Associated Press this week that his words were not intended as a threat against the president.
Nugent said he had received messages of support from troops and noted that the Secret Service had met with him and closed its case about the remarks.
Asked to clarify the remarks at the NRA convention, Nugent said: “A whole bunch of us … believe … we are in danger of being improperly and criminally jailed _ I mean criminally on the part of the government.”
Earlier in the week, Nugent pleaded guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska, saying he was sorry for unwittingly violating the law.
He told the AP that he advises fellow hunters, “even when you are aghast at a maniac, inexplicable, illogical law, please abide by those laws at all costs.”
Nugent said the prosecution in U.S. District Court was the result of a “witch hunt” by federal officials over his activism.
An email sent to Karen Loeffler, the U.S. attorney for Alaska, and Jack Schmidt, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Nugent this week in Ketchikan, Alaska, was not immediately returned.
Associated Press writer Mark Thiessen in Anchorage, Alaska, contributed to this report.