First off, sexual misconduct of any kind should not be tolerated.
According to Reuters, Gene Simmons of the rock band KISS, allegedly made “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” toward a female interviewer, a lawsuit states.
The woman alleges that Simmons, 68, grabbed one of the woman’s hands and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee,” until the woman could remove it.
The woman, who according to her attorney, wishes to remain anonymous, was quoted saying “she is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident” and “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.”
Perhaps a strong statement would include the accuser going public? It is becoming too easy to make allegations of sexual misconduct these days. We need a system that allows both the accuser and the accused an opportunity to face each other before allegations are made public.
Just one allegation of sexual misconduct, which later turns out to be false, can ruin a persons’ life.
The woman in this case, referred to as “Jane Doe”, claims the incident occurred November 1st at a Highland, California restaurant Simmons co-founded.
What is interesting here is that according to reports the alleged misconduct occurred during an on-camera interview.
This one should be relatively easy to prove or disprove.
We have seen recently that people who commit acts of sexual violence sometimes abuse celebrity or authority status.
Just look at the watershed Harvey Weinstein case. It took nearly three decades for repeated allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein to be taken seriously. His inappropriate behavior was known to all around him including employees, Hollywood celebrities, “respected” journalists in the media and executives in major network broadcasting companies.
In this case, the accuser stated “Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable.”
Wait a second, the women, who by the way is a local radio and television broadcaster, is accusing Gene Simmons of the rock band KISS, whose catalog of music spanning over thirty years include songs with titles such as, Calling Dr. Love, Ladies Room, Nothing to Lose and Deuce, to name but a few, of “turning standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made her uncomfortable?”
Will this turn out to be another frivolous law suit? Simmons’ wealth is publicly known.
Or, is this another sad example of a case where the attempt is to make the accused appear guilty before tried publicizing their names so quickly and easily?
Perhaps this was just bad behavior and not sexual harassment.
Time will tell what actually happened with this situation.