The Runaways’ Jackie Fuchs recently told The Huffington Post that the band’s manager, Kim Fowley, raped her years ago while others — including bandmate Joan Jett — watched. But Jett told Yahoo! Music Friday that she did not witness or know about the assault.
“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 said.
Fuchs told HuffPost that her last memory of that night was of Jett and another bandmate, Cherie Currie, looking while Fowley raped her. Jett first denied the claim through her rep to HuffPost, and again in her statement to Yahoo!.
“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,” she said. “Obviously Jackie’s story is extremely upsetting and although we haven’t spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing.”
Fuchs, whose stage name was Jackie Fox, left the Runaways in 1977 before the entire band officially broke up in 1979.