Joan Jett and Cherie Currie dispute bandmate Jackie Fuchs’s rape account

The two former Runaways deny the suggestion they watched as their bandmate was raped by their manager, Kim Fowley, after a New Year’s Eve show

Jackie Fuchs, the former bass player with the LA proto-punk band the Runaways, caused widespread shock last week when she detailed her rape by the band’s manager Kim Fowley in an interview with the Huffington Post. Now two of her former bandmates, guitarist Joan Jett and singer Cherie Currie, have disputed her version of events.

In the interview, Fuchs said that on New Year’s Eve 1975, after a Runaways show, she was given Quaaludes by a stranger, then raped by Fowley. “I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me,” she said. Among those present and watching, she said, were Jett and Currie.

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