Former Ozzy Guitarist Disputes Snorting Ants Story From ‘The Dirt’

Former Ozzy Guitarist Disputes Snorting Ants Story From ‘The Dirt’

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee has disputed the truth of an incident portrayed in the Mötley Crüe biopic “The Dirt,” in which Ozzy reportedly snorted a line of ants off the ground while hanging out poolside with members of the Crüe during a day off on tour. In the film, a young Ozzy Osbourne – played by Tony Cavalero – holds an impromptu gross-out contest of sorts with Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx at a Florida hotel swimming pool in 1984. After exposing himself to some hotel guests, Ozzy asks the Crüe for cocaine. Sixx hands over a straw, and Ozzy kneels on the ground and snorts up a crawling line of ants. Lee, who played guitar for Osbourne on the 1984 tour, told Tone-Talk about the incident, “I was there, and I never saw ants. I was right there. He snorted a little spider. There was a not a trail of ants there. Tommy Lee says it, Nikki says it, Ozzy says it – they were so messed up. I was not . . . I don’t care what the other guys say – there was no ants.” The rest of the scene in the movie features Ozzy urinating on the ground and licking it up, challenging Sixx to do the same. But when Sixx relieves himself, Osbourne kneels down and laps it up first. As for that part of the story, Lee confirmed, “Oh, that was true.”

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