A girl submitting as “Jane Doe” in Los Angeles Superior Court is suing the Kiss bassist for making “aggressive, unwanted sexual advances” towards her throughout an on-camera interview in November.
In the swimsuit, as reported by the San Bernadino Sun, a radio host who needs to stay nameless claims that Simmons made these advances throughout an interview on the Highland, CA location of Rock & Brews, a restaurant he co-founded with bandmate Paul Stanley. Stanley, the radio’s crew, and the lady’s co-host had been all current through the sit-down, which happened in a inexperienced room.
“Soon after the interview commenced, defendant Simmons reached over and grabbed plaintiff Doe’s hand and, forcefully, placed it on his knee and held it on his knee,” the swimsuit states.
Doe continued the interview regardless of feeling uncomfortable,the swimsuit states, and Simmons allegedly grabbed her hand two extra instances and “commented with a cooing sound” about how mushy it was. He additionally reportedly turned her interview questions into sexual innuendos.
“Shortly after, defendant Simmons abruptly reached over to plaintiff Doe and forcibly flicked/struck plaintiff Doe in the middle of her throat,” the swimsuit says. He gave an “incoherent” motive for this motion, and Doe terminated the interview. She nonetheless agreed to pose for a gaggle promotional picture after this, throughout which Simmons allegedly reached out and touched her butt.
Though this was all allegedly caught on digital camera, Simmons is denying any wrongdoing.
“I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media,” he stated in a assertion despatched to Ultimate Classic Rock. “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 wouldn’t be the primary time Simmons has been accused of boorish conduct. Last month, Fox News banned him from the community after he reportedly walked right into a employees assembly, unbuttoned his shirt, and yelled, “Hey chicks, sue me,” in accordance with The Daily Beast.
Actress Mary McGlynn additionally tweeted in November that when she met Simmons in a studio and went to shake his hand, he pointed to his penis and stated, “That’s the fun machine.”
— Mary E. McGlynn (@MaryEMcGlynn) November 18, 2017
Simmons has been making innuendos to interviewers for many years. In his notorious interview on the public radio present Fresh Air in 2002, he repeatedly made these assaults on host Terry Gross.
“The notion is that if you want to welcome me with open arms, I’m afraid you’re also going to have to welcome me with open legs,” he stated.
“That’s a really obnoxious thing to say,” Gross replied.
“No, it’s not, it’s being — why should I say something behind your back that I can’t tell you to your face?”
A lawyer for Jane Doe defined that her lawsuit sends a message that Simmons’ actions are “unacceptable.”
“My shopper is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons,” legal professional Willie W. Williams advised the San Bernadino Sun on Friday. “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.”
If you’ve got skilled sexual violence and are in want of disaster assist, please name the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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