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6 items from 2015


Chrissie Hynde Stands by Her Controversial Rape Comments

4 September 2015 7:33 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In an interview with the Sunday Times last weekend, Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde stirred up controversy with comments about rape that many viewed as victim-blaming. "Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," she said of being sexually assaulted at 21. In an excerpt from her forthcoming memoir, she offers more general opinions about rape: "If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be?" Since then, other rape survivors have criticized Hynde's words, most notably, former Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs, who revealed her own assault earlier this summer. "It’s a really dangerous message ... Poor judgment is not an invitation to rape, nor an excuse for it," Fuchs told Yahoo on Tuesday. Despite the outrage, Hynde is standing by her original comments. She tells the Washington Post in a »

- Dee Lockett

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Jackie Fuchs Responds to Joan Jett and Cherie Currie’s Comments About Her Rape

13 July 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the wake of Jackie Fuchs's damning claim to the Huffington Post that the Runaways' manager, Kim Fowley, drugged and raped her in front of her bandmates at 16, two former Runaways have pushed back. Joan Jett, who previously denied witnessing the rape as Fuchs described it, stood by her story on Saturday, saying she was "not aware of this incident." Cherie Currie, in response to accusations that she watched Fuchs's rape and "did nothing," wrote on Facebook on Sunday that she "would have hit him over the head with a chair" had she seen what Fuchs told HuffPost. Now Fuchs has spoken out for the first time since the piece went live last week, in a lengthy Facebook post. In addition to thanking fans for their support and detailing Jason Cherkis's extensive reporting process, she also empathized with her doubtful ex-bandmates: I know some people watching the online drama »

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Runaways' Joan Jett, Cherie Currie Defend Themselves After Jackie Fox's Rape Allegations

13 July 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

More than 35 years after famed all-girl rock band The Runaways disbanded, its members are facing some serious allegations. Joan Jett and Cherie Currie recently released statements defending themselves after bandmate Jackie Fox alleged that the band's manager, Kim Fowley, raped her in front of the band. Fox, 55, told her story in a headline-making interview with The Huffington Post last week. The musician recalled an alleged incident that happened after a Runaways performance, in which Fox was given and told to take Quaaludes. Fox said that [...] »

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Cherie Currie Responds to Jackie Fuchs

12 July 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Speaking with the Huffington Post recently, Jackie Fuchs alleged that former Runaways manager Kim Fowley raped her in front of her former bandmates. One of those former bandmates, Joan Jett, issued a response, saying she “was not aware of the incident.” Now another Runaways member, Cherie Currie, has offered her own response via Facebook: I have been accused of a crime. Of looking into the dead yet pleading eyes of a girl, unable to move while she was brutally raped and doing nothing. I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn't start now. If I were guilty, I would admit it. There are so many excuses I could make being only one month into my sixteenth year at the time that people would understand but I am innocent. When I return from Sweden I will seek a qualified polygraph examiner to put to rest »

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Joan Jett Responds to Jackie Fuchs’s Rape Allegations

11 July 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Earlier this week, the former Runaways bassist Jackie Fox (née Jackie Fuchs) devastated the music community when she said the band’s producer, Kim Fowley, had raped her in front of her bandmates when she was 16 years old. Now one of those bandmates, rock legend Joan Jett, has issued a statement in response to Fox’s story, via Yahoo: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. 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. Lest anyone twist or manipulate Jett’s statement, she’s neither confirming nor denying the story, only saying she »

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Former Runaways Bassist Says Producer Kim Fowley Publicly Drugged and Raped Her When She Was 16

9 July 2015 7:37 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If you woke up this morning thinking, I'd like to read a powerful piece of journalism and then feel nauseated for the rest of the day, here you go: In a new Huffington Post longform, former Runaways bassist Jackie Fox (née Jackie Fuchs) reveals that the band's producer, Kim Fowley, drugged and raped her in front of a large group that included band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie 40 years ago. Fuchs, who was 16 at the time, says she had only recently joined the band when Fowley raped her on New Year's Eve 1975, following a performance in Orange County. After the show, Fuchs says that Fowley, who'd specifically sought out a group of teenage girls to form the Runways, brought the band to a motel to celebrate. As others in attendance told HuffPost's Jason Cherkis, Fuchs was given quaaludes at the party before Fowley's sexual assault. Cherkis »

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