A local radio personality for a rock station has filed a lawsuit against Gene Simmons, accusing the KISS bassist of sexual misconduct during an on-air interview at one of Simmon’s Rock & Brews restaurants located outside of Los Angeles, according to the O.C. Register.
The woman, who filed the lawsuit under the name Jane Doe, describes arriving at the restaurant to interview Simmons and restaurant co-founder Paul Stanley about their recent expansion. The interview took place in the green room, and Doe describes how Simmons grabbed her hand during the interview and forcibly placed it on his knee and held it there.
Doe removed her hand immediately, but then throughout the interview, Simmons made sexual innuendos out of regular questions. He also grabbed her hand again, “made a cooing sound,” and followed it up with an comment about how she “must use lotion” and another sexual innuendo. Most bizarrely, Simmons also:
...“forcibly flicked/struck” the woman in the middle of her throat, then provided an “incoherent explanation” for doing it after noticing the woman’s shock, according to the lawsuit.
Doe’s lawyer says his client does not want any publicity, and that she is “embarrassed and humiliated” by incident. He told the Register that Doe was filing the lawsuit to “make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior.”
Simmons responded with the following statement, posted to his website genesimmons.com under the headline “Friends,” dated December 17, 2017:
I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media.
For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way.
I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations.
And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.
This isn’t the first time Simmons has been accused of sexual misconduct—similarly inappropriate behavior caused Fox News to ban the singer from their programming (he denies any wrongdoing.) Two sexual harassment allegations emerged soon after, which Simmons responded with, “All of a sudden, 44 years on in a rock band, somebody’s coming up and saying, ‘This guy is a bad guy.’ It’s not true. I think the climate is horrifically bad and yet at the same time empowering to the right women. There are some really bad guys out there; I just happen not to be one of them,” in a BBC interview.
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