Gene Simmons of Kiss is denying accusations of sexual misconduct.
The hard-rocking musician was named in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino Sun. He is accused of making unwarranted sexual advances during an on-camera interview Nov. 1 at the San Manuel Casino location of his Rock & Brews Restaurant in Highland, Calif. He co-owns the restaurant with fellow rocker Paul Stanley.
The plaintiff, described only as a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station," is going by "Jane Doe." She says in the court filing that while sitting on a couch in a designated green room, Simmons grabbed her hand and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee,” the Sun reports. And while the woman quickly removed her hand, he continued his “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” by reaching for the woman’s hand again.
The lawsuit also says Simmons “reached toward Plaintiff Doe’s buttocks and touched it” as the two posed for photos after the interview, according to the Sun.
Simmons vehemently denies the claims. He issued a statement, which he tweeted Sunday from his official Twitter account, saying he intends "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."