Currie says she 'will prove I am telling the truth'
Musician Cherie Currie has responded to allegations from her former Runaways bandmate Jackie Fuchs that she was a witness to the band’s manager, Kim Fowley, raping her whilst she was 16.
Fuchs (pictured above, far right), performed in the all-teen rock band under the name Jackie Fox, recently discussed her experience at the hands of Fowley in a piece published last week (July 9). She explained how she was attacked, aged 16, by Fowley during a gig in Orange County, California on New Year’s Eve 1976.
Going into the details of the attack by Fowley, who died in January of this year, Fuchs says that he took the band to a hotel near the club after the show.
She then claims that she was given a number of Quaalude sedatives, something witnesses can verify, and heard Fowley ask one of the crew members at the party if they would like to have sex with her. He declined but she says she remembers “opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me.”
Among those people Fuchs alleges were watching was her bandmates, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie.
Over the weekend, Joan Jett issued a statement denying the claims, with Currie now responding via a series of Facebook message too.
“All I can say is if Joan, Sandy and I saw an unconscious girl being brutally raped in front of us, we would have hit him over the head with a chair,” Currie writes.
“I have been accused of a crime. Of looking into the dead yet pleading eyes of a girl, unable to move while she was brutally raped and doing nothing.”
“I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn’t start now. If I were guilty, I would admit it. There are so many excuses I could make being only one month into my sixteenth year at the time that people would understand but I am innocent.”
“When I return from Sweden I will seek a qualified polygraph examiner to put to rest any and all allegations. I will make public the questions, answers and results of that test. I will prove I am telling the truth. I will not allow anyone to throw me under the bus and accuse me of such a foul act. I will fight for myself. It is the only thing I can do.”
The Runaways’ manager Kim Fowley rose to prominence in the ’60s and worked with several big-name acts including Gene Vincent, KISS, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.
Fowley famously recruited the Runaways in 1975 by placing an advertisement in Los Angeles fanzine Who Put the Bomp, and ended up producing the band’s 1976 self-titled debut album and co-wroting their biggest hit ‘Cherry Bomb’.