Cherie Currie, Joan Jett Refute Runaways Bandmate Jackie Fuch’s Account Of Alleged Rape
Cherie Currie and Joan Jett have both offered statements following fellow former The Runaways band member Jackie Fuch‘s account of a night in which she was allegedly raped by band manager Kim Fowley as they watched on.
Cherie Currie, Joan Jett Respond To Jackie Fuch’s Story
“All I can say is if Joan, Sandy and I saw an unconscious girl being brutally raped in front of us, we would have hit him over the head with a chair,” Currie first wrote on Facebook. In a longer statement, Currie wrote that she would be willing to take a lie detector test to prove that she is telling the truth.
Currie wrote, “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 any and all allegations,” Currie added. “I will make public the questions, answers and results of that test. I will prove I am telling the truth. I will not allow anyone to throw me under the bus and accuse me of such a foul act. I will fight for myself. It is the only thing I can do.”
Jett released a statement that echoed Currie’s sentiments, claiming that had she witnessed such a violation, she would have acted.
“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,” she told Yahoo! on Friday. “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.”
According to Fuchs, she was drugged with Quaaludes at a party nearly to the point of unconsciousness, she told The Huffington Post. Unable to speak or move, she says she was forced to endure Fowley raping her while fellow partygoers watched the spectacle like entertainment. Fuchs claims that among those who watched on were Jett and Currie.
Jackie’s friend Helen Roessler corroborated Fuch’s account of events, as well as bandmate Kari Krome and Krome’s friend Brent Williams.