Sheila Kennedy, a former model for Penthouse magazine, has initiated legal action against Axl Rose, the famed lead singer of Guns N' Roses. The lawsuit, filed in the State Supreme Court of Manhattan on Wednesday, alleges that Rose committed se*ual assault against Kennedy in a 1989 incident at a New York City hotel.
Kennedy, now 61, is seeking an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages, citing extensive physical, emotional, and psychological harm, including anxiety, depression, and detrimental impacts on her career. The legal action comes under the temporary New York law, the Adult Survivors Act, which permits adult victims to pursue legal recourse for assaults that occurred years ago.
This law is set to expire shortly after the filing date. Rose, also 61 and a resident of Malibu, California, firmly denies the allegations. His attorney, Alan S. Gutman, stated, "This incident never happened," emphasizing that Rose has no memory of meeting or interacting with Kennedy and was unaware of these allegations until the lawsuit was filed.
Gutman expressed confidence in resolving the case favorably for Rose.
Alleged Assault Detailed
Kennedy's lawsuit provides a detailed account of the alleged incident, stating that she met Rose in February 1989 at a nightclub in Manhattan.
She claims she was invited to a party in Rose's hotel suite, where she witnessed him engaging in se*ual activity with another model before he forcefully expelled her from the suite. Kennedy alleges that Rose then assaulted her, restraining her with pantyhose and attacking her without her consent.
The lawsuit further describes the long-term effects of the alleged assault on Kennedy's life. She reports suffering from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, especially when confronted with Rose's music or name.
Her mental health has been severely affected, with diagnoses of anxiety and depression attributed to the incident. Kennedy's career suffered as she avoided social scenarios crucial for her professional networking, particularly those where she risked encountering Rose or hearing his music.
Kennedy has previously shared these allegations, notably in her 2016 memoir "No One's Pet" and the 2021 documentary "Look Away," which delves into se*ual abuse in the music industry. Kennedy's decision to come forward publicly with her accusations aligns with the growing trend of survivors speaking out against alleged abusers in the entertainment sector.