David Stanley, stepbrother to the legendary King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, has publicly apologized for his controversial remarks made earlier this year in Amazon Prime's documentary, "Elvis' Women." Stanley's comments had sparked considerable debate by suggesting that Presley's death was a suicide.
In a sincere note of remorse, the 67-year-old addressed his earlier missteps. "I am sorry for the derogatory comments I made in a documentary about Elvis that was filmed last year," wrote Stanley, along with a shared photograph of himself with Elvis.
"There is no excuse for my comments and I can fully understand why you would be angered." Stanley confessed his love for Elvis and the indelible bond they shared, hoping this heartfelt apology would soothe the ruffled feelings of Presley's fans.
"I love and will always love Elvis and being part of his family. He is more than worthy of the love you have for him. He loved you. I love you and all I can ask of you is for you to forgive me for my irresponsible actions," he appealed.
A Documentary Steeped in Controversy
The apology follows Stanley's eyebrow-raising statements in "Elvis' Women." Among the many revelations, Stanley had raised concerns over Presley's alleged preferences for young girls aged 15 or 16.
"His taste for young girls, aged 15 or 16, made me sick," the "Jailhouse Rock" singer's stepbrother reportedly said in the film. Stanley's critique didn't stop at Elvis's personal relationships. He also addressed the singer's privileged position, suggesting Presley had escaped certain legal repercussions due to his wealth and fame.
"I told him that it's a miracle he didn't get busted. He got away with things most people didn't, because of his money, fortune, fame and power, charisma and magnetism. Elvis could talk the socks off you." The most contentious statement made by Stanley suggested that Presley had taken his own life. "He premeditated taking the medications that killed him.
Love, hurt, pain, exposure — he just couldn't take it any more," Stanley claimed in the documentary.
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