GENE SIMMONS, Former Girlfriend Settle Defamation Lawsuit

The Associated Press is reporting that KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and a former girlfriend have settled a defamation lawsuit in which she said he made her sound like a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac" during a documentary shown on VH1.

The settlement, announced Wednesday (June 28), said the "amicable resolution" of Georgeann Walsh Ward's lawsuit over the way she was portrayed in the documentary "When KISS Ruled the World" involved no payment of money to her.

Ward, 53, was a girlfriend of Simmons' in the 1970s. She filed the lawsuit in January 2005, alleging that the documentary defamed her by juxtaposing Simmons' commentary about himself with photographs that included her.

The settlement of Ward's lawsuit, announced by Simmons spokesman Stan Rosenfield, includes recognition by her that the KISS rocker played no role in the production, editing or selection and inclusion of her photographs in the documentary.


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