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Gene Simmons Responds to Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit, Denies Accusations

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons responded to a lawsuit filed by a woman alleging sexual misconduct Sunday, 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” — so-called to protect her identity — on Friday, 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.” San Bernardino, Calif. restaurant Rock & Brews is also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, according to the San Bernardino Sun, as the interview for a local rock station took place at the eatery, which Simmons co-owns.

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.”

“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 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.”

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