Lita Ford Comments on Runaways Bassist Jackie Fuchs’ Rape Allegations: ‘I Believe Her’
Last week, former Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs told the Huffington Post that she was raped by the band’s manager Kim Fowley back in the ‘70s. Now, former Runaways member Lita Ford has commented on the story, saying that while she wasn’t there when it happened, she believes Fuchs. Ford said, “Jackie’s not a liar, and if she says that somebody was watching her, and if she says that this happened, then I believe her; I do.” (Hear the full interview above.)
Fuchs (whose stage name is Jackie Fox) is claiming that when she was 16-years-old, she was given Quaaludes by a roadie in a hotel room after a New Year's Eve Runaways gig and was subsequently raped by Fowley. She told the outlet that she couldn’t move or speak during the incident and while she says she was in and out of consciousness during the alleged event, she recalls seeing Joan Jett and Cherie Currie’s before blacking out. In the article, Fuchs alleges that Currie said something about the incident before leaving the hotel room, but no one called the police. Jett and Currie have both denied knowing about the alleged rape. Fowley died earlier this year.
During the interview with WHMN radio Ford talked about Fuchs' claims (as transcribed by Blabbermouth).
"Honestly, I was not there when this happened, as Jackie says it did, so I really can't tell you much. When you do read my book, you'll see that I never really hung out with Joan or Cherie, and whatever went on between Joan and Cherie kind of stayed between Joan and Cherie. Scott Anderson, who was the manager, along with Kim Fowley… Scott went on tour with us. So if anybody knew anything, it would have been Scott, Cherie and Joan, and Scott now is passed away, along with Kim Fowley. But I do know that Jackie's not a liar, and if she says that somebody was watching her, and if she says that this happened, then I believe her; I do. She's a little extreme sometimes, but still… it's not right. I really don't know what to say about it. I wasn't there, and no one told me about it. This is the first I've heard of it."
The book Ford refers to is her long-awaited autobiography Lita Ford – Living Like a Runaway: A Memoir, and it’s set to come out in March 2016.
Jett and Currie have already commented on Fuchs’ story and while both do not deny that the rape may have happened, both are refuting the claim that they were aware of the incident and didn't come to Fuchs' aid. Jett wrote on Facebook that she would have spoken up and done something if she knew what was going on and Currie proclaimed her innocence on Facebook and wrote that she plans to take a polygraph test to prove it.
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