NBC’s Brian Williams Lied About Iraq War Story, Apologizes After 12 Years

Brian Williams remembers the truth after almost a decade.

Brian Williams

NBC anchor Brian Williams has admitted that he lied about one of his experiences during the Iraq war.

Williams – who is also famous for his rap videos with Jimmy Fallon – covered the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and on multiple occasions told a story about how he was onboard a helicopter that was shot down by RPGs in Iraq.

As it turns out, that never actually happened.

"I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago. I want to apologize... I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG fire," he told his viewers during NBC Nightly News broadcast on Wednesday evening.

The embarrassing confession from the journalist comes after an army sergeant told Stars and Stripes that Williams and his team did not arrive until about an hour after the incident.

In a statement responding to the soldiers, Williams said they were absolutely right and he was wrong.

"In fact, I spent much of the weekend thinking I'd gone crazy. I feel terrible about making this mistake, especially since I found my OWN WRITING about the incident from back in '08, and I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG in the tail housing," Williams wrote.

The host added that “repeatedly watching a video of himself inspecting the impact damage,” and "the fog of memory over 12 years," made him misremember events.

"Nobody's trying to steal anyone's valor," he wrote. "Quite the contrary: I was and remain a civilian journalist covering the stories of those who volunteered for duty."

Williams' apology has inspired several hashtags on Twitter, including #BrianWilliamsMisremembers in which people are mocking his false account of the incident. Have a look: