Joan Jett Responds to Kim Fowley Rape Allegation: 'I Was Not Aware of This Incident'

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Joan Jett performs at The ALTimate Rooftop Christmas Party at W Hollywood on Dec. 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California. 

Joan Jett has responded to the rape allegations made by her former Runaways bandmate Jackie Fox against former manager Kim Fowley, saying she hadn't known anything about it. 

Fuches had told Huffington Post that Fowley raped her after a roadie insisted she take a Quaalude pill and did so while Jett and others watched. 

Runaways' Jackie Fox Says She Was Raped By Manager Kim Fowley in 1975

"Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened," said Jett in a statement. "For a group of young teenagers thrust into 70s rock stardom there were relationships that were bizarre, but I was not aware of this incident."

She continued, "Obviously Jackie’s story is extremely upsetting and although we haven’t spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing."

Fowley died of bladder cancer in Jan. 2015. 

Billboard reached out to Kim Fowley's widow, Kara Fowley, and she doesn't have any comment about the interview.

Evelyn McDonnel, who wrote the 2013 book on the Runaways Queens of Noise, has released a lengthy statement about Fox's allegation and the Huffington Post story.

In it, she said, "I have issues with the story’s sometimes sensationalist tone, the reporter’s methods, and some of the response to it online – particularly the way other women tangential to this story (including Joan Jett and myself) are also being targeted and blamed, by men."