Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has claimed he snorted the ashes of his late father during a drugs binge.
"He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow," he told NME. Richards' father, Bert, died at the age of 84 in 2002.
But Jane Rose, Richards' manager, told MTV News the claim was "said in jest".
Sixty-three-year-old Richards also told NME of his disdain for modern bands, calling Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and Bloc Party "a load of crap".
He said in the interview that his father's ashes "went down pretty well".
Ms Rose told MTV News that she could not believe the claim had been taken seriously.
But NME interviewer Mark Beaumont is convinced that Richards was not joking when speaking to him about the alleged incident.
"He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Mr Beaumont added: "In Keith Richards' world that is probably doing his dad a fair bit of honour."