Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Battery Lawsuit With Female Journalist
The Kiss frontman was accused of groping the plaintiff and making "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" during an interview.
Gene Simmons has settled a lawsuit alleging sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault against a female radio and television broadcaster, according to court filings.
Simmons and the plaintiff, identified as "Jane Doe," announced to Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy on July 2 their case had been settled. The terms of the settlement are unclear.
The parties will need to submit an official request for dismissal to end the lawsuit.
Simmons was originally sued in December for allegedly groping the plaintiff and making "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" during a Nov. 1 interview with Simmons and his Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.
According to the lawsuit, Simmons repeatedly grabbed the plaintiff's hand and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." It also alleged the rocker "forcibly flicked/struck" the plaintiff's throat, later providing an "incoherent explanation" for his behavior.
The suit also said that while posing for a promotional photograph together after the interview, Simmons "reached toward Plaintiff Doe's buttocks and touched it."
The plaintiff was identified in the documents as a "long-time on-air personality for a local rock station."
"Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable," the suit read.
Her attorney, Willie W. Williams, told The San Bernardino Sun in an interview last year her client was "embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons" and "filed suit because she wanted to make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior."