Published Dec 18, 2017After trying and failing to trademark the "rock on" devil horns, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has a much more serious legal battle ahead of him. Following his lifetime ban from Fox News for "inappropriate and sexist antics," Simmons was slapped with a sexual misconduct lawsuit on Friday (December 15).
The complaint, which can be read in full here, accuses Simmons of "unwarranted, unwanted sexual advances and touching, and battery."
Filing suit under the pseudonym "Jane Doe," the complaint alleges that a female broadcaster was subjected to "several aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, despite Jane Doe's active and clear discouragement." The numerous incidents took place during an on-camera interview with Simmons to promote an opening of his Rock & Brews restaurant.
According to the lawsuit, Simmons placed his hand on Jane Doe's knee multiple times during their interview. He also apparently made multiple sexual innuendos during the interview and flicked Doe in the throat. After the interview, Doe and Simmons took promotional pictures, at which point Simmons allegedly touched Doe's buttocks.
Simmons has denied the allegations, sharing the following statement with Ultimate Classic Rock:
I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media. 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.