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Axl Rose sued for alleged sexual assault

Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, was accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York Supreme Court.

The complaint, filed by former Penthouse model Sheila Kennedy, claims Rose sexually assaulted her in his hotel room after meeting her at a New York nightclub in 1989, when her band was at the peak of his glory. Kennedy is seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory damages for psychological and emotional distress.

“We hope that Sheila Kennedy’s decision to file this lawsuit will be an important turning point for the music industry,” Ann Olivarius, an attorney representing Kennedy, said in a statement. “Her story is unfortunately all too typical of a culture of violence and sexual misconduct that has existed in plain sight for decades. …We hope Sheila’s courage will help other victims find their voice.

Alan S. Gutman, Rose’s attorney, said in a statement Wednesday that “this incident never happened.”

“While he does not deny the possibility that a fan photo was taken in passing, Mr. Rose has no recollection of ever meeting or speaking to the complainant, and never heard of these allegations fictitious before today,” Gutman wrote. “Mr. Rose is confident that this matter will be resolved in his favor.

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Kennedy claims in her lawsuit that she and Rose met at a New York nightclub. She said he invited her back to his luxury hotel suite, where they were joined by former MTV personality David Andrew “Riki” Rachtman and another unnamed model.

A party took place in the room and Rose allegedly supplied cocaine and alcohol. The lawsuit alleges that Rose approached Kennedy outside the bathroom and kissed her, which she didn’t mind since she was “ready to have sex with him if things progressed and they continued to find themselves attractive.

Rose allegedly asked Rachtman to clean Rose’s suite, leaving him alone with Kennedy and the second model. The three went to Rose’s room, where Kennedy said she became uncomfortable when Rose began having sex with the other model “in a way that seemed painful” and when Rose seemed to “encourage group sex.”

According to the lawsuit, Kennedy went to Rachtman’s bedroom, where she heard Rose arguing violently with the other woman. She said Rachtman told her, “It’s going to get worse.” » Rose then stormed down the hallway to Rachtman’s room, grabbed Kennedy and threw her to the floor, according to the lawsuit.

“While Kennedy was still on the floor, Rose grabbed her by the hair and dragged her through the suite to her bedroom,” the lawsuit claims. “This was very painful for Kennedy and caused his knees to bleed after scraping the carpet.”

Kennedy alleges Rose threw her on the bed and used pantyhose to tie her hands behind her back, leaving her “trapped,” then raped her.

“Rose made no attempt to ask or verify that Kennedy consented,” the lawsuit states. “He treated her like property used solely for his sexual pleasure.”

Rose has a long history of run-ins with the law, including an arrest for assault following a wild concert in the early 1990s. Two of Rose’s former partners, Erin Everly and Stephanie Seymour, have claimed that the Guns singer N’ Roses had subjected them to years of abuse. Everly sued Rose in Los Angeles civil court in 1994 for battery, but settled the claims out of court.

Kennedy’s lawsuit cites another alleged incident in 1985, before his encounter, in which he was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl but was not prosecuted.

Her new allegations fall under the Adult Survivors Act, a New York law enacted in 2022 that gives adult survivors of sexual assault up to a year to file a lawsuit regardless of when the abuse occurred. is produced. This act was used in a recent lawsuit filed against hip-hop mogul Sean Combs.

The suit claims Kennedy experienced PTSD-like symptoms “every time she heard Rose’s name or Guns N’ Roses music” due to the incident.

This story has been updated.

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