Gene Simmons’ Home Searched by Crimes Against Children Task Force; Rocker + Family Not Suspects
KISS co-founder Gene Simmons’ home was searched by police on Thursday after a warrant was served by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. According to CNN, both the LAPD and a representative for the rocker have stated that neither Simmons nor any member of his family are considered suspects in the crime they are investigating.
A statement from Simmons’ rep claims the family was told by police that a crime “may have occurred on their property last year while Mr. Simmons was away on tour with KISS.” Lt. John Jenal of the LAPD added that “no members of the Simmons family are suspects in the case and were extremely cooperative.” No further details about the search or the investigation have been released, with police saying the investigation is ongoing.
Here is the statement from Simmons’ rep:
"Today (Aug. 20, 2015) members of the Los Angeles Police Department visited Mr. And Mrs. Simmons at their home to discuss a crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Mr. Simmons was away on tour with KISS. Neither Mr. Simmons nor any member of his family is a person of interest in the investigation and they are cooperating fully with the investigation. At this time, the police have requested that Mr. Simmons and his family not discuss the investigation publicly so as not to compromise it.”
Simmons’ wife Shannon Tweed and his daughter Sophie Simmons both tweeted similar messages about the search. Tweed wrote, “Thanks for your support. We couldn’t be more horrified that someone used our residence for such heinous crimes. Law enforcement it on it.” The KISS rocker's only comment was writing "FOR THE RECORD" and then retweeting several articles written by different media outlets about the search.
The couple are still living in the Benedict Canyon, Calif., home seen on their reality show Gene Simmons: Family Jewels which aired from 2006 through 2012. Simmons and the rest of KISS next head out on tour in October when they play in Australia and New Zealand.
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