Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba talks to MORE about his ride-along in a police helicopter last year. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
It was a story that made national headlines last year - a rock 'n' roll guitarist took his soon-to-be fiance for a romantic ride in a police helicopter.
For the first time since October's scandal, Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba told his side of the story to MORE's Sean McCallister.
The firestorm started after Ashba posted a picture of he and his girlfriend on his Instagram page, including a post of thanks to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for making his romantic proposal possible. In the days that followed, the department's internal affairs division launched an investigation. At the conclusion, a captain retired and a helicopter pilot was reassigned.
Ashba said that what has been reported in the media is not an accurate depiction of the evening.
"They act as if we jumped a fence and stole a helicopter late at night, and that's not at all what happened," Ashba said.
Ashba said he has taken rides in the police helicopter before, and nothing was said about it. So, when officials offered again, he took them up on it since it was a special day.
"We followed protocol," Ashba said. "It was an approved ride."
During the interview, Ashba also talked about a new residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this spring.
"We're going to be back at the Hard Rock at The Joint," Ashba said. "You know it's going to be a true rock 'n' roll month at the Hard Rock for sure."
The exact dates of the show were not immediately released.
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