Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit
You may recall that back in December, Gene Simmons got slapped with a lawsuit by an unidentified “long-time on-air personality for a local rock station,” alleging sexual battery, gender violence, battery, and assault. Specifically, the woman claimed that while interviewing the Kiss frontman, Simmons “forcefully placed [her] on his knee and held it on his knee,” “turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos,” “forcibly flicked/struck” the woman in her throat, and grabbed her ass while posing for a photo, among other indiscretions.
Now Billboard reports that Simmons and the woman “announced to Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy on July 2 their case had been settled.” The terms of the settlement have not been made public.
The Jane Doe in question may be the first woman to actively take legal action against Simmons, but she’s not the first woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct: shortly before this suit was filed, Simmons was accused by three women of sexual harassment and/or assault. He was also banned from Fox News — FOX FUCKING NEWS!!! — following an off-the-air sexist outburst (and on-the-air defense of Harvey Weinstein). And this of course follows decades of blatantly overcompensating for a a fragile ego and, we can assume, a small penis.
Of course, Kiss fans won’t care about any of this. But then, most Kiss fans can’t tie their own shoes or tell time on an analog clock. So whatever.