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Kesha Inspired The Runaways Star To Come Forward With Rape Ordeal


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The rocker's story was published by The Huffington Post last week (ends10Jul15) and sparked an immediate debate about what female stars have to put up with in the male-dominated music industry.

In her big reveal, Fox claimed Fowley drugged and raped her when she was just 16 at a New Year's Eve party in the mid-1970s, while bandmates and friends watched.

Now, speaking to Billboard, the bassist, real name Jackie Fuchs, reveals Kesha's legal wrangle with Dr. Luke inspired her to tell her story.

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Jackie Fox Stunned By Fall-out From Rape Ordeal Reveal


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The bass player recalled the incident at a New Year's Eve party in 1975 to the Huffington Post earlier this year (15), following Fowley's death, and she admits she had no idea her story would "touch such a nerve".

The article hit the Internet last week (ends10Jul15) and caused quite a stir as Fox's former bandmates attempted to distance themselves from claims they sat and watched the rape unfold without doing anything.

Now, Fox has taken to Twitter.com to address the fall-out from the article, writing, "I wondered whether anyone would even read it, or if they did, whether they would care. The response took me completely by surprise.

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Cherie Currie Refusing To Be 'Thrown Under Bus' Amid The Runaways Bandmate's Rape Allegations


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Fox made the sensational accusations during a recent interview with The Huffington Post, alleging she was given a Quaalude pill by a roadie and then taken advantage of by Fowley in the group's motel room on New Year's Eve, 1975, while other bandmembers were present.

The bassist further claimed that none of her colleagues wanted to discuss the alleged rape afterwards, but frontwoman Joan Jett hit back at Fox's account by issuing a statement on Friday (10Jul15), insisting she "was not aware of this incident", while adding, "Obviously Jackie's story is extremely upsetting and although we haven't spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing."

Now Currie has spoken out to clear her name.

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Joan Jett Unaware Of Manager Rape Accusation


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Fox, former member of the Jett-fronted 1970s rock band, told The Huffington Post that Kim Fowley assaulted her after a roadie insisted she take a Quaalude pill. Fox also claimed that Jett, and others, watched it happen, according to Billboard.com.

Fox alleges the incident took place on New Year's Eve in 1975, and says, "I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me."

However, Jett has now responded to the claim, saying in a statement, "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."

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Stars Turn Out For Kim Fowley's Funeral


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Eccentric rock svengali and hipster Kim Fowley's Hollywood funeral on Thursday (22Jan15) was a star-studded affair with his former The Runaways protege Joan Jett leading the mourners.

Jett delivered a heartfelt speech at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery memorial, while rocker Michael Des Barres delivered the eulogy.

Shaun Cassidy, author Pamela Des Barres and Los Angeles music icon Rodney Bingenheimer were also in attendance.

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Joan Jett And The Runaways Pay Tribute To Late Manager Fowley


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Former The Runaways bandmates Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and Lita Ford have added their tributes to those pouring in for late producer/hitmaker Kim Fowley, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday (15Jan15).

The three girls had a rocky relationship with their enigmatic manager and dumped him in 1977, but it appears time has healed old wounds and the rockers are now sharing fond memories of their former svengali.

In a Facebook post, Ford writes, "My first manager, my first start in the music industry, my first band put together by Kim. Sometimes I wonder if there would ever have been a Lita Ford without Kim Fowley. Rest in peace, Kim."

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Cancer-Stricken 'The Runaways' Manager Kim Fowley Dies Aged 75


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World famous punk-rock record producer Kim Fowley passed away at the age of 75 on Thursday (January 25th 2015) following a long battle with cancer. However, it is so far unclear on his actual cause of death.

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Kim Fowley dies aged 75

Best known for putting together the all-girl rock group The Runaways back in 1975 (an event that was subsequently put to film starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon), Fowley was a huge name in the world of 70s and 80s punk having produced three of the band's albums 'The Runaways', 'Queens of Noise' and 'Waitin' for the Night' as well as managing them.

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Sky Ferreira, Nikki Sixx And Ariel Pink Lead Tributes To Kim Fowley


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Stars including Sky Ferreira, Nikki Sixx and Ariel Pink have paid tribute to record producer and musician Kim Fowley, who died on Thursday (15Jan15).

The veteran producer, who helped form 1970s group The Runaways, passed away aged 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer, and a host of music stars have taken to Twitter.com to pay homage.

Singer Sky Ferreira writes, "I'm super bummed about the one & only Kim Fowley. He was the first person I almost worked with when I was 14 & he had green hair."

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Ariel Pink Loses Haunted Graffiti Moniker For New Solo Album 'Pom Pom'


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Ariel Pink finally goes solo with his upcoming album release 'Pom Pom'; his first venture away from the band Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and filled with the same amount of leftfield pop and musical adventure.

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Ariel Pink goes solo with 'Pom Pom'

In just over an hour, LA artist Ariel Pink - AKA Ariel Marcus Rosenberg - brings us more of his unique brand of avant-garde psychedelic pop with his very first solo release 'Pom Pom'. He recently unveiled a taster for what's to come in the form of his new song 'Put Your Number In My Phone'; an upbeat yet still chilled-out tune with probably one of the most infectious choruses you'll hear for a while.

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Mayor Of The Sunset Strip Review


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Like most viewers of his documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, director George Hickenlooper (The Man From Elysian Fields), doesn't seem initially all that impressed with little Rodney Bingenheimer. A small, black-clad moppet with a Monkees haircut, Rodney may be this legendary DJ for Los Angeles alt-rock powerhouse KROQ, but how cool could he be? Then there's that scene early on when Rodney's taking us through his house, showing his walls of framed photographs and letters, some quite impressive, when he gets to Elvis's driver's license. You can hear Hickenlooper stop short and ask, "What? How did you get that?" Rodney says off-handedly, "Oh, he gave it to me," as though talking about somebody loaning him a dollar, before tottering away on his little matchstick legs.

To look at the life of Rodney is to look at a near-complete history of several decades of music. A shy kid from a broken home, Rodney left Mountain View, California, for Hollywood in the early 1960s and never really left. Quickly making himself at home on the Sunset Strip scene, Rodney surrounded himself with every kind of celebrity, especially from the music industry. One interviewee after another comments on his Andy Warhol-like blank demeanor that allows the famous and talented to see reflections of themselves. But there is also an eternally childlike innocence to him that was quickly picked up on: Cher, who practically adopted Rodney for a time with Sonny, talks about how you could just tell that Rodney never wanted anything from you, just to be there and absorb the glittery experience was enough. There's a sense of a kid trying to make up for his own fractured past with a famous family, and also just looking for someone to take care of him.

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