Jackie Fuchs has opened up for the first time about being raped by manager and producer Kim Fowley. The former Runaways bassist, who performed with the band from 1975 to 1977 as Jackie Fox, discusses the sordid events in a cover story by The Huffington Post. Fuchs explains that the rape took place on December 31, 1975 and that she was only 16 years old.
“I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me,” Fuchs details in the story. She claims to have seen fellow members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett staring at her and that “this was her last memory of the night.” A representative for Jett denied the musician witnessed these events, and insisted that the publication refer all further questions back to Fuchs “as it’s a matter involving her and she can speak for herself.”
Runaways songwriter Kari Krome and her friend Brent Williams corroborated Fuchs’ story. “I didn’t know what to do,” Krome admits, who was only 14 at the time and also assaulted by Fowley. “Like what was I going to do? Go outside and drive and find a pay phone and call the police? I didn’t want to call the police on anyone, but at the same time I knew what was happening was wrong.” What’s more, Williams claims that Jett insisted he never discuss the incident if lawyers approached him.
The story details several other indecent and horrific acts performed by Fowley, who died this past January at the age of 75, even including a lewd personal ad that then influential Los Angeles zine Back Door Man published in their June 1975 issue. In the ad, he writes, “If you are 18 and like it or if you are under 18 and legally emancipated (with paper work) then you may have just stumbled upon the opportunity of a lifetime.”
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