Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is facing a lawsuit from a radio and television broadcaster who claims that the Rock & Brews restaurant co-founder is guilty of sexual misconduct stemming from his behavior during an on-camera interview last month.
The plaintiff – identified only as “Jane Doe” in court records – filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging that Simmons made “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” when she went with her crew to a Rock & Brews location to interview Simmons, the San Bernardino Sun reported.
The interview was held on a couch in a “green room” set up specifically for the occasion, the lawsuit contends. At one point during the sit down, Simmons allegedly grabbed the broadcaster’s hand and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee.” She responded by pulling her hand away, but Simmons reached for her hand again.
“Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable,” the lawsuit charged.
The second time Simmons grabbed her hand, he told the woman that she “must use lotion” and followed up with another sexual innuendo. He then “forcibly flicked/struck” the woman in her throat and provided an “incoherent explanation” for doing so.
After the interview was over, the woman posed with Simmons for a promotional photograph – which is when he “reached toward Plaintiff Doe’s buttocks and touched it,” the lawsuit states.
“My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons,” her attorney, Willie W. Williams, told the newspaper. “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.”
Williams did not reveal where the plaintiff worked, but the lawsuit identifies her as a “long-time on-air personality for a local rock station.”