“The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back, when I was trying to help you out at one of your (shows) which I only found out about several weeks later,” he wrote. “She was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!”
Frehley also disputed Simmons’ comments in the interview that Frehley’s drug and alcohol issues would keep Kiss from inviting him back to the band.
“Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has cost me millions of dollars and now that I’m over 12-years sober you’re still saying I can’t be trusted to play a whole night’s show!” he wrote. “Well that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12 years with different configurations of The Ace Frehley Band to you and (Kiss guitarist and singer Paul Stanley’s) dismay!
“I’m also the most successful solo artist to come out of the original Kiss lineup, and proud of it!” he continued. “You and Paul have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully… Today’s comments have made me realise you’re just an asshole and a sex addict who’s being sued by multiple women, and you’re just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!”
Simmons settled a lawsuit in June 2018 after a female radio presenter accused him of sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault.
In 2017, Daily Telegraph music reporter Kathy McCabe accused Simmons of making sexist remarks while she was attempting to interview him in the ’90s, claiming she “put him on my list of banned musicians about 15 years ago” after he kept repeating the line, “I love coming to Australia because all the women have big (breasts) and big (behinds).”
Kiss’ End of the Road tour, their final ever world tour, is due to hit Australia in November.
USA Today, with staff writers