Jackie Fuchs Responds to Former Runaways Bandmates’ Comments Regarding Her Rape Allegations Against Kim Fowley
Former Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs has posted a public response to ex-bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, who have denied claims that they were present when a teenage Fuchs was allegedly raped by manager Kim Fowley.
As previously reported, neither Jett nor Currie admit to being aware of the alleged rape when it occurred at a post-gig party on New Year’s Eve 1975. "I would not stand by while it happened," reads part of Jett's statement, while Currie insists that if she and her bandmates "saw an unconscious girl being brutally raped in front of us, we would have hit him over the head with a chair."
Fuchs' allegations are at the heart of a heavily sourced report published by Jason Cherkis at the Huffington Post, and in a long update posted on her Facebook page July 12, Fuchs notes that Cherkis and his fact-checker spoke with "every known living person who was there the night of my rape, save one." But while she remains steadfast in her truth, she's also willing to handle Jett and Currie's denials with grace.
"It would be nice if everyone who was there the night I was raped could talk about how it has affected them over the years. But if they don’t want to talk it about, I respect that," reads a portion of the note, which you can read in its entirety below. "It’s taken me years to talk about it without shame. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have watched it happen."
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