Content Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual harassment
Gene Simmons, the fire-breathing, blood-spitting KISS co-frontman and right-leaning raconteur, has settled a lawsuit filed by an unnamed female journalist who claimed he groped her during a face-to-face interview.
The Blast is reporting that during a July 2 hearing in the case, the woman’s legal reps announced a settlement had been reached out of court. The terms have not been announced, though the judge said both sides must now file a request to officially dismiss the case.
The woman, described as a long-time “on-air personality for a local rock station” and who was named in the suit as “Jane Doe,” sued the rocker last December claiming he made “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” to her at the opening of his San Bernardino eatery, Rock & Brews.
The incident took place last November in the California venue’s green room, where the plaintiff claims Simmons grabbed her hand, flicked her throat and, at one stage when the interview had wrapped up, touched her bottom while a group photo was taken.
The suit reads, “Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable.”
The veteran bass player has denied the allegations. “Friends, I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media,” said Simmons in a statement shared with ET Canada in December 2017.