UPDATED: Former Runaways Bassist Jackie Fuchs Says She Was Raped While Bandmates Watched
Kim Fowley, who was a longtime member of the L.A. scene, has been accused of rape by Jackie Fuchs, the bassist for the Runaways, which he managed. Worse, Fuchs said that her bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie watched the whole thing. Both former bandmates have since adamantly denied her story. Fowley died back in January from bladder cancer at the age of 75.
The claim appeared in a story about Fuchs, whose stage name was Jackie Fox, in the Huffington Post. It took place when she was 16 on New Year’s Eve 1975 at a post-gig party in an Orange County motel. She had been given a handful of Quaaludes and went to a bed to lie down and passed out.
“I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me,” she said. Cherie Currie said in the story that she spoke up before leaving the room. Nobody called the police, feeling that they were intimidated by Fowley.
Jett released the following statement regarding Fuchs’ claim to Yahoo Music. “Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened. For a group of young teenagers thrust into ’70s rock stardom there were relationships that were bizarre, but I was not aware of this incident. Obviously Jackie’s story is extremely upsetting and although we haven’t spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing.”
Currie has issued her own denial via a series of Facebook posts insisting she would have physically intervened if she had actually witnessed the act in question, and vowing to take a polygraph test to prove she is telling the truth.
Fuchs stayed in the Runaways until mid-1977, with the assault never brought up. “[Y]ou forget it and you move on,” Currie said. “I pushed it out of my mind the best I could.”
But Fuchs’ replacement, Victory Tischler-Blue, said that the other members talked about it regularly, even making fun of it. “I heard about that nonstop,” she said. “They would talk about Kim f—ing Jackie like a dog. It was kind of a running joke.”
Fowley always denied that he had any sexual contact with any of the Runaways.
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