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Paul Stanley, left, and Gene Simmons of Kiss celebrate the unveiling of the Rock & Brews restaurant expansion at San Manuel Casino near Highland in November. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Ryan Hagen | [email protected] | The Press-Enterprise

PUBLISHED: July 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm | UPDATED: July 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

Rocker Gene Simmons has settled a lawsuit brought by a broadcaster who alleged Simmons made unwarranted sexual advances during an on-camera interview at the San Manuel Casino near Highland.

Los Angeles County Superior court documents show that an attorney informed the court Monday, July 2, that the case was settled, but it doesn’t provide details of the settlement. Another hearing is set for Aug. 10 to dismiss the case.

A representative for Kiss band member Simmons couldn’t be reached Monday, July 9. When the suit was filed, Simmons said he “did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way.”

“And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence,” he added.


— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 17, 2017

The lawsuit, filed Dec. 15, alleges Simmons reached over and grabbed the hand of the radio personality, identified as Jane Doe, and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee” during a Nov. 1 celebration of the reopening of a casino restaurant. Rock & Brews, co-founded by Simmons and Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley, had finished months of remodeling at its San Manuel Casino location.

The lawsuit accuses Simmons of turning interview questions into sexual innuendos and grabbing the woman’s hand again and making a cooing sound as he said she “must use lotion” before making another sexual innuendo. He then “forcibly flicked/struck” the woman in her throat and provided an “incoherent explanation” for doing so, the lawsuit alleges.

The woman ended the interview early but agreed to promotional photos, during which Simmons “reached toward Plaintiff Doe’s buttocks and touched it,” according to the lawsuit.

The woman’s attorney, Willie W. Williams, was not immediately available Monday afternoon, July 9. In a December interview, Williams said his client was not seeking publicity and wished to remain anonymous.

“My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons,” Williams said at the time. “… 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.”

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