Kiss Rocker Gene Simmons Sued Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct
The woman said she was inappropriately touched during an interview.
Gene Simmons is facing a lawsuit after an unidentified woman accused the infamous shock rocker and reality TV star of sexual misconduct.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe, said the Kiss bassist and singer made unwanted sexual advances toward her in a November interview at California's Rock & Brews restaurant, which the star co-founded with his Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley.
The woman said Simmons, 68, grabbed her hand and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee,” until the she could remove it. Simmons allegedly continued to reach for her hand after the fact, reports said.
When the interview ended, Doe and her team posed for promotional pictures, and Simmons "reached towards [Doe's] buttocks and touched it,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit identifies the woman as a “long-time on-air personality for a local rock station.”
“My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons,” attorney Willie W. Williams told the The Orange County Register. "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.”
The lawsuit seeks a "money judgment for mental pain and anguish and severe emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment" as well as punitive damages.”
It was filed Friday at the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles. Simmons has since taken to Facebook to deny the allegations.
"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," Simmons wrote. "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."
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