What a disturbing situation. Joan Jett is denying allegations by former Runaways bandmate Jackie Fuchs that she watched her get raped by their manager and doing nothing.
Joan Jett, 56, has denied claims by her former bandmate Jackie Fuchs, 55, that she and the Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie, 55, stood by and watched while she was raped by their manager, the late Kim Fowley, at a New Years Eve party in 1975. Jackie was only 16 years-old, and drugged with quaaludes. What an awful situation all around.
Joan has vehemently denied that she knew anything happened to Jackie, who played bass for the band under the name Jackie Fox. She took to her Facebook page to clear the air, and address Jackie’s claims that she was raped by Kim while Joan and Cherie were present in the same room. “Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened,” Joan said. “For a group of young teenagers thrust into ’70s rock stardom there were relationships that were bizarre, but I was not aware of this incident. Obviously Jackie’s story is extremely upsetting and although we haven’t spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing.”
Poor Jackie. It’s clear that while Joan wants everyone to know that she didn’t witness the crime — and especially didn’t do anything that would endanger Jackie further — she feels terrible about what happened to her friend, and wants her to have the utmost support. Cherie also denied her participation, and gave her support to Jackie as well.
Jackie stated to the Huffington Post that Kim gave her quaaludes (powerful sedatives) and violated her as she drifted in and out of consciousness — something that another bandmate, Kari Krome confirms. She believes she saw Joan and Cherie in the room with her. Jackie didn’t speak out about her assault until now, when she saw the similar claims against Bill Cosby. She wrote on her Facebook page to share her gratitude for the support she’s received.
“I have been so incredibly moved over the last few days by the outpouring of love and support that has followed the story of my rape on New Year’s Eve 1975,” Jackie wrote. “My rape was traumatic for everyone, not just me, and everyone deals with trauma in their own way and time.” Unfortunately, Kim, who was accused of assault by many women, was never convicted for any crimes. We hope that Jackie can find the healing that she needs and deserves, and that Joan can reconnect with her former bandmate.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Jackie’s allegations against Joan and Cherie? Tell us in the comments.
— Samantha Wilson