KISS frontman Gene Simmons has denied claims that he made unwanted sexual advances towards a TV broadcaster during an interview last month.
Simmons posted on Twitter to confirm that he “vigorously” denies the allegations – which include touching the accuser’s bottom and flicking her throat during the filmed interview.
“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”, the 68-year-old rocker wrote on Twitter.
The claims were initially made in a lawsuit filed Friday at Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging that Simmons made “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” toward the accuser as she interviewed him at his California restaurant on November 1.
The lawsuit also alleges that Simmons “forcefully” grabbed the accuser’s hand and placed it on his knee before flicking her throat before providing an “incoherent” explanation for his actions.
As they posed for a group photo at the end of the interview, it is alleged that Simmons placed his hands on the accuser’s bum.
Willie W. Williams, the attorney representing the accuser, said: “My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons,” Williams told The Sun. “She 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.”