Gene Simmons denies sexual battery claims
A woman claims Simmons grabbed her hand and 'forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee' and later 'flicked/struck' her throat.
LONDON - KISS star Gene Simmons has denied accusations of "sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault".
Simmons is being sued by an unnamed radio and television broadcaster, who filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court last week claiming that he made "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances".
The KISS star told Ultimate Classic Rock in a statement: "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."
The plaintiff alleges she was interviewing Simmons and his KISS bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California when the incident occurred.
She claims that Simmons, 68, grabbed her hand and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee" and later "flicked/struck" her throat.
The suit also alleges that he "reached toward Plaintiff Doe's buttocks and touched it," while they were posing for a promotional photograph and "Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable,"
Her attorney, Willie W Williams, told The San Bernardino Sun: "My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr Simmons. She filed suit because she wanted to make a strong statement that this is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behaviour."