LOS ANGELES (CN) – A couple says Kiss bassist Gene Simmons choked them and stole their video camera when they asked the long-tongued singer his thoughts on monogamy at a shopping mall, the pair claim in Superior Court.
Nathaniel Marlowe and Cynthia Manzo say they were shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles earlier this month when they spotted Simmons. “While maintaining a distance of at least 3 feet,” Marlowe asked Simmons, “What do you think about monogamy,” the lawsuit states.
Marlowe says Simmons then choked him, heat-butted him and yanked his $350 “Flip” video phone out of his hand. Simmons then told Marlowe, “I’m going to end you; I’m going to kill you,” before walking away with his camera, the lawsuit states.
Manzo says she then followed Simmons, “asking politely, ‘please sir, give us back our camera.'”
She says Simmons then choked her, too, before getting in his car and driving off with the camera.
Marlowe and Manzo seek unspecified damages for assault, battery and conversion.
They are represented by Matthew Nezhad.