The frontman of Kiss, Gene Simmons, claims he will defend himself following the sexual misconduct allegations levied against him by a radio personality back in November of this year. The 68-year-old said to Us Weekly that he intends to clear his name amid the deleterious charges.
Simmons stated the incident which the woman spoke of did not happen in the manner that she described. At the moment, the Kiss bassist is speaking with his lawyers and intends to counter the charges, and he looks forward to proving his innocence in court.
According to the documents from the LA County Superior Court as obtained by The Orange County Register on the 15th of December, an unidentified woman – “Jane Doe” – said during an interview with Simmons and Paul Stanley; Gene put the woman’s hand on his knee.
Friends, 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.
The woman says the rockstar forcefully put her hand on his leg and “held it” until she removed it. The papers stated the rocker turned “standard interview questions” into sexual jokes which made the radio host uncomfortable.
Additionally, she claims Gene “flicked her” in the throat and “touched her behind” while they posed for a picture together.
Furthermore, the charges against him mention a recent incident whereby Gene lost his privileges to visit the Fox News Studios due to him “showing his torso” and stating for the woman to “sue me.”
The lawsuit charges Gene with gender violence, battery, assault, negligent retention of supervision, gender discrimination, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
According to a report from the San Bernardino Sun, the woman’s lawyer said she was “embarrassed and humiliated” by the incidents and filed the suit to demonstrate that such behavior towards women is not acceptable. Gene is one of the latest men to be accused of such crimes, after celebrity chef, Mario Batali, and Carter Oosterhouse.