Jackie Fuchs and Kim Fowley have a long past, and now it has come back to haunt them both. The former Runaways bassist says the band manager raped her at age 16 as witnesses just starred and watched, according to New York Daily News.
Fuchs, now 55, and Fowley, 75, kept their lives private and stay out of the public eye for decades. Jackie is now coming forward with some serious allegations against Kim, and now Joan Jett, a former bandmate, has made an official response.
“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.”
Jackie Fuchs and Kim Fowley were always on their best behavior in the public during the rampant sexism that still exists in the music industry. The story that one band member was raped is riveting, perhaps chilling.
The former bassist, who also said Joan Jett stood and watched during the incident, testified on the actions of her former manager who served as a producer for the all-female rock act. The narrative centers on the night of New Year’s Eve 1975, when she says she was raped by her manager, after a roadie insisted she take a Quaalude pill.
Fowley was seen raping Fuchs by friends Helen Roessler and Trudie Arguelles, as well as a teenaged songwriter named Kari Krome. Kim and Jackie were not alone when the alleged rape occurred, leaving a few witnesses that remember the incident.
“I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me,” the bassist said. The eyes watching included those of guitarist-vocalist Joan Jett, she said. Prior to that, multiple witnesses said they saw the manager penetrate her with the handle of a hairbrush. Throughout the incident, the musician recounts being largely sedated by the Quaalude, and unable to resist.
Fuchs was eventually replaced by Victory Tischler-Blue after she sued the band a year later. Jackie stated that other band members would often joke about the incident.
“They would talk about Kim f—-ng Jackie like a dog,” she said. “It was kind of a running joke.”
Fowley died of bladder cancer in Jan. 2015, and towards the end of his life, he rejected efforts to confront him over the incident. Kim did plan to write about the rape in compromised terms in an autobiography; She threatened legal action and he pulled the book.
Aside from the events of that New Year’s Eve, the story contains a multitude of accounts exposing the abusive, sexist behavior of the former manager. There are chilling accounts of what took place.
Fuchs went on to graduate UCLA with honors and later earned a diploma from Harvard Law School. Jackie studied alongside Barack Obama.
Joan Jett responded through her rep and stated that she never saw any incident as described. The I Love Rock N’ Roll singer prefers to send all questions back to the only woman who can speak for herself on the matter.
Jackie Fuchs and Kim Fowley never spoke privately about the alleged incident. For now, there’s only one person still alive that can tell the story.