The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs Claims She Was Raped by Kim Fowley
Published Jul 09, 2015A new interview with former Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs (a.k.a. Jackie Fox) has the musician alleging that late producer and band manager Kim Fowley sexually assaulted her while she was drugged and near unconscious at a New Year's Eve party in 1975. Fuchs was 16 years old at the time.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, Fuchs described the incident, which allegedly took place in a motel following a Runaways performance in Orange County. Fuchs said a man whom she believed to be a roadie gave her a Quaalude sedative, while witnesses added that they saw Fuchs being given a number pills. She passed out at the party, at which point Fowley reportedly asked a roadie if he wanted to have sex with Fuchs.
"You don't know what terror is until you realize something bad is about to happen to you and you can't move a muscle," Fuchs said. "I can't move. I can't speak. All I can do is look him in the eye and do the best I can do to communicate: please say no ... I don't know what it looked like from the outside. But I know what was going on inside and it was horror."
While the roadie declined, Fowley is said to have taken off his pants and began having sex with her. This was done in front of a mostly teenaged audience as Fuchs went in and out of consciousness.
"I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me," Fuchs said.
People in the room at the time are said to include other members of the Runaways, as well as songwriter Kari Krome, a then-14-year-old songwriter that has since gone on record saying Fowley had sexually assaulted her as well.
The feature notes that Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie claims that she "spoke up and stormed out of the room." Not knowing how to handle the situation, Currie added: "I pushed it out of my mind the best I could." Currie later recounted the story in her Neon Angel memoirs, though didn't mention Fuchs by name.
Representatives for Runaways guitarist Joan Jett deny she witnessed the incident as described in the Huffington Post piece.
The article describes Fowley's sexualized behaviour, from promoting the teenaged band as "jailbait" to posting a personals ad in a 1975 issue of the Back Door Man zine that began, "If you are eighteen and like it or if you are under 18 and legally emancipated (with paper work) then you may have just stumbled upon the opportunity of a lifetime."
Fowley had previously said of his relationship with the Runaways in a 2013 band biography: "They can talk about it until the cows come home but, in my mind, I didn't make love to anybody in the Runaways nor did they make love to me."
Fowley died this past January from bladder cancer.
Fuchs' story, which goes on to detail post-traumatic stress after the alleged attack and the decision to go public in the wake of the high-profile Bill Cosby case, can be found in full over here.