KISS‘s Gene Simmons is denying allegations of sexual misconduct after a radio and television broadcaster in California filed suit claiming Simmons touched her, made unwanted sexual advances and peppered his responses with sexual innuendos during an interview she was conducting at the opening of a Rock & Brews restaurant.
The suit also alleges that Simmons “forcibly flicked/struck” the woman in the throat during the November 1 interview. The complaint alleges that the interview was ended early due to Simmons’ actions, though the woman posed with Simmons for obligatory photos during which, the suit alleges, Simmons touched the woman’s buttocks.
The suit, filed Friday in state court in Los Angeles County on behalf of the unnamed plaintiff, names both Simmons and his and Paul Stanley‘s Rock & Brews restaurant chain, and alleges sexual battery, gender violence, negligent supervision, gender discrimination and negligent infliction of emotional distress, among other causes of action. The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages.
Simmons took to Twitter on Sunday to deny the allegations.
“Friends, I indent to defend myself against any allege charges you may have been reading about in the media,” he wrote. “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 the allegations. And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.”
“My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons,” the woman’s lawyer told The San Bernardino Sun. “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.”
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Source: Classic Rock News