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Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs Says Manager Kim Fowley Raped Her in Front of Band

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 12:14 PM

click to enlarge 1976 promotional photo of the American rock n roll group The Runaways by Mercury Records. Shown in the photo are (clockwise from top left): Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, Joan Jett, and Cherie Currie
  • 1976 promotional photo of the American rock n roll group The Runaways by Mercury Records. Shown in the photo are (clockwise from top left): Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, Joan Jett, and Cherie Currie
Jackie Fuchs, the former bass player of the influential all-female rock act The Runaways, and other eye witnesses, say she was raped by then-manager Kim Fowley in front of a group of people in 1975. She was 16.

Fuchs opened up about an alleged rape, that occurred at a motel after party, in a long-form article written by the Huffington Post's Jason Cherkis
In the article, Fuchs describes the night in harrowing detail. After Fuchs was given Quaaludes (a strong sedative) and passed out, Fowley reportedly offered her to a roadie for sex, saying, "She won't mind."

“You don’t know what terror is until you realise something bad is about to happen to you and you can’t move a muscle,” Fuchs told The Huffington Post. “I can’t move. I can’t speak. All I can do is look him in the eye and do the best I can do to communicate: please say no ... I don’t know what it looked like from the outside. But I know what was going on inside and it was horror."

The roadie declined the offer. But that, according to Fuchs, is when the horror really began. 

“I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me,” Fuchs is reported as saying.

The article goes on to detail how some (but not all) members of the band, including Joan Jett, were in the room for the rape. Jett refused to be interviewed for the article, but, through a representative, denied witnessing the event as it was described in the piece.

Fuchs says recent controversies around rape, like that of Bill Cosby, empowered her go public with her story after all these years. Fowley died in January, and had previously denied ever engaging in sex acts with members of the band (a claim various quotes in the article disputes). 

The article also cites a passage in the Runaways’ 2013 band biography, where Fowley kinda-sorta denies the allegations: “They can talk about it until the cows come home but, in my mind, I didn’t make love to anybody in the Runaways nor did they make love to me.”

Story: The Huffington Post and Jason Cherkis.
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