Gene Simmons accused of sexual assault, “vigorously” denies the claims
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Gene Simmons, bizarre trademark chaser and long-tongued demon of face-painted glam-rockers KISS, has been accused of sexual assault. But the musician and businessman refutes the claims—see his tweet below.
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We previously reported how, last month, Simmons was banned from Fox News' NYC headquarters for "insulting and taunting female staffers," according to Adweek. Now, per the NME, the KISS frontman is facing a lawsuit that says he made unwanted sexual advances toward a TV host.
"I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about," Simmons tweeted on Sunday, once the allegations came out. "For the record, I did not assault the person making the accusations in the manner alleged in the complain or harm her in any way."
The claims made in the lawsuit against the 68-year-old rocker, filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, state that Simmons made "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" against the accuser when she interviewed him at a restaurant he owns in California on Nov. 1. The lawsuit accuses Simmons of "forcefully" grabbing the accuser's hand and placing it on his knee, flicking her throat, and placing his hand on her backside, and alleges that he provided an "incoherent" explanation for his erroneous actions at the time.
Willie W. Williams, an attorney for the anonymous accuser, says, "My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons. She filed suit because she wanted to make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior."
Simmons states that he is "conferring with [his] lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these accusations," according to the musician's recent tweet. "I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence," he says. See Simmon's full Twitter statement here: