So scary! Officers from the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched the family home of Gene Simmons on Aug. 20 to reportedly search for evidence of child pornography. Gene and his family are not considered suspects in the investigation.
What a terrifying ordeal! Gene Simmons’ home in the Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles on Aug. 20 was searched by the LAPD’s Internet Crime Against Children Task Force to investigate and reportedly look for evidence of child pornography. The KISS rocker, 65, and his family have been “extremely cooperative” and are not suspects in the investigation. Gene took to Twitter on Aug. 20 to set the record straight about the search.
UPDATE: Yesterday (Aug. 20, 2015), members of the Los Angeles Police Department visited Mr. and Mrs. Simmons at their home to discuss a crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Mr. Simmons was away on tour with KISS,” Gene’s rep told HollywoodLife.com. “Neither Mr. Simmons nor any member of his family is a Person of Interest in the investigation and they are cooperating fully with the investigation. At this time, the police have requested that Mr. Simmons and his family not discuss the investigation publicly so as not to compromise it.”
Gene’s house was raided at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20 and police seized computers and other evidence, TMZ reports. Someone allegedly downloaded child pornography on one of the family’s computers or used their Internet access, according to the outlet. However, Gene nor his family are believed to be suspects. Gene was away on tour with KISS when the alleged downloads were made.
Gene’s rep released the following statement, according to ET: “Members of the Los Angeles Police Department visited Mr. And Mrs. Simmons at their home to discuss a crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Mr. Simmons was away on tour with KISS. At this time, the police have requested that Mr. Simmons and his family not discuss the investigation publicly so as not to compromise it.”
The KISS rocker and wife, Shannon Simmons, tweeted about the investigation.
FOR THE TECORD. http://t.co/3T3QplwGSm
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) August 21, 2015
Thanks for your support. We couldn’t be more horrified that someone used our residence for such heinous crimes. Law enforcement is on it.
— Mrs ShannonTSimmons (@shannonleetweed) August 21, 2015
The LAPD’s Internet Crime Against Children Task Force helps state and local agencies “develop effective, sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography,” according to their website.
In addition to being a renowned rocker in one of the biggest bands in the world, Gene co-starred in a reality television show titled Gene Simmons Family Jewels with his family from 2006 to 2012.
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— Avery Thompson