Gene Simmons is one of the latest celebrities to have allegations come their way consisting of assault in a sexual nature. He is accused of “humping and grinding” a makeup artist at ESPN during a visit to their “SportsCenter”, according to TMZ.
The woman, Victoria Jackson, who is accusing the Kiss front man, is looking to be paid for damages she suffered from these actions. Jackson has conveyed through her lawyer that Simmons behavior has caused her much duress. She wants $185,000 for an assault that Simmons says “never took place”.
The woman says has “suffered from humiliation, shame, embarrassment, anger, anxiety, loss of sleep and depression,” due to this incident.
From the looks of this list it sounds as if Simmons made an afternoon out of it! But, the $185,000 will make those feelings go away?
Simmons had a straight forward response “he did not do it” and further more he was in his costume the entire time he was at the “SportsCenter” and the “costume would make those moves impossible”.
The Kiss rocker wears a costume that has more metal and weight than Iron Man, especially around the groin area. The costume has what looks like a built in chastity belt. It would have been an awkward looking sight to see Gene trying those moves in that costume. Simmons says that the moves this woman is describing just cannot be done in his Kiss costume.
Although Gene Simmons fashions himself a ladies man and rightfully so from the attention he gets from the ladies, he is a gentlemen first. He is not the typical rocker or what is perceived to be a typical rocker. Sex and drugs do not go with his rock and roll.
Gene has Shannon Tweed as his life partner and she is the epitome of a woman. Her beauty and wit is only surpassed by her charm and love for her family. Gene, who was famous for bedding down many a woman in his hay day, has stayed faithful to Shannon since they got together. This was validated on his reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, when he took a lie detector test and past it with flying colors. Simmons is a rock star, but he is a well respected business and family man too.
It is a known fact that accusations are made frequently against people of fame and even when they are not true, a monetary settlement is often made to stop a scandal. It is sometimes just easier to pay them off so they will go away. This is not the case with Simmons. He says didn’t do it and he is not going to pay, according to TMZ. Gene Simmons can make this type of money Jackson is asking for in about an hour with the amount of business dealings he has.
It would have been so easy for Simmons to pay this woman and make her go away than to have it come out in public. That is not what he intends to do. He says it not only didn’t happen, but it could not have happened in the way the accuser said it did, due to his mode of dress at the time. Simmons has filed a complaint regarding these accusations in the LA court system after receiving a letter from the woman’s lawyer requesting the monetary damages.
Whether the allegations are true or not, this will be decided in the courts, but it is good to see someone stand up and be accounted for when they feel they are being falsely accused. It was a breath of fresh air to see Simmons turn the tables and file a complaint in the court system instead of making it all go away with money. I think this move says that Simmons is going to go for what he believes is justice regardless of any negative publicity that comes his way due to the allegations.
(Besides, isn’t his humping and grinding days gone by, no offense Gene, but I watch your show and I would have to say these days it would be more like a moseying along tap!)