Former KISS Manager Sings Different Tune

According to, former KISS manager and longtime fugitive Jesse Hilsen testified for the first time Monday (June 26) in Manhattan Family Court in response to charges that he failed to pay support to his ex-wife, Rita Hilsen, and their two children.

Under questioning from his ex-wife's attorney, Jacqueline Bukowski, Hilsen invoked his Fifth Amendment rights several times rather than provide information during sworn testimony.

Administrative judge Nicholas Palos wasn't too pleased when he heard Hilsen's intentions, and warned him that "taking the Fifth" might cast a negative perception over Hilsen's side of the case.

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In the 1970s and 80s, Hilsen was a successful Manhattan psychotherapist. He became KISS's manager in 1988 because the band had grown leery of music-industry insiders; Dr. Hilsen was the therapist for Paul Stanley, KISS's frontman.

KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Stanley were served subpoenas by a private investigator in September 2003 before their performance at Chicago's Tweeter Center in connection with the case.

The purpose of the subpoenas was to determine what, if any, financial ties exist between Hilsen and the band, as well as whether any band members have been in touch with him since he became a fugitive. Hilsen and KISS split in 1992.


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