n July, KISS member Gene Simmons reached a tentative agreement with a radio personality that accused him of inappropriate behavior. The woman, who is identified as Jane Doe, in court records alleged that the star grabbed her hand multiple times and ‘forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee.’ He also allegedly ‘reached toward her buttocks and touched it’ while posing for a promotional photo.
- During a recent interview with Australia’s The Project show, Simmons addressed his past behavior towards women. He said, “Oh, I’m sure some of it’s been out of line, but I’m a good guy. I sleep well at night. I have a wonderful family and kids. And it is true that people can say all kinds of things, but I happen to be a good guy. The unfortunate thing is there used to be something called presumption of innocence, that the courts would handle something. And now, the Internet and stuff.”
- He added, “Look, I wish everybody well . . . My past is checkered, like most people’s is, and let those who are without sin cast the first stone. You’re in a band, and the arrogance and cocksmanship, if you will, in the ’70s and ’80s, and even later on, you can come on and just be brazen and just sort of inappropriate and you go, ‘That’s right. You’re in a band.’ I wouldn’t be able to have gotten away with any of that if you were a dentist or a politician or a plumber.”
- Simmons concluded, “For guys especially, when the ladies aren’t around, we’re full of garbage . . . we talk garbage, we do all kinds of stupid stuff . . . and if it wasn’t for the highest form of life on earth . . . women; our moms, our daughters, our wives, girlfriends and so on . . . we’d be living in darkness . . . If it wasn’t for my mother and my wife Shannon, and especially Sophie, my daughter . . . she holds my feet to the fire, and rightfully so.”
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