Gene Simmons denies sexual misconduct
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has responded to a lawsuit filed by a woman alleging sexual misconduct, saying in a statement that he "did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way."
The lawsuit was filed by a "Jane Doe", and recounted an incident that allegedly occurred in November during an interview. The woman stated that Simmons made "several aggressive, unwanted sexual advances despite Jane Doe's active and clear discouragement."
The lawsuit states that during the interview, Simmons "reached over and grabbed [Doe's] hand and, forcefully, placed it on his knee." Doe withdrew her hand, "feeling that this was an unwanted sexual advance," but Simmons continued to reach for it. Simmons also allegedly made salacious comments towards Doe and "flicked/struck" her throat, at which time Doe ended the interview. Afterwards, however, the lawsuit alleges that Simmons "reached towards [Doe's] buttocks and touched it".Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies at 89
"Friends, I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media," Simmons said in a statement posted to Twitter.
"For the record ... 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."