Judge refuses to toss Simmons' case

Nov. 12, 2005 at 5:12 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A New York judge has rejected KISS founder Gene Simmons' request to dismiss a woman's defamation suit against him for revealing they had sex.

Georgeann Walsh Ward, 53, filed the suit against Simmons after she saw her photo repeatedly flashed during Simmons' documentary on VH1, during which he talked about having sex with 4,600 women, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Ward said she had a monogamous relationship with the pre-rockstar Simmons when he was an elementary school teacher in 1972. She said the world-famous rocker portrayed her on TV as "unchaste."

In seeking to have the suit tossed, Simmons argued unsuccessfully that the case does not stand up under today's sexual norms.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Rosalyn Richter agreed sex between unmarried couples is viewed differently now than in the past, but she said there were no legal precedents to support Simmons' argument.

Topics: Gene Simmons
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