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KISS Singer Rips 'Tall, Thin, Tattooed' Accuser

1/14/2010 2:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gene Simmons is lashing out at the couple accusing him of being a violent, choke artist -- claiming he was the one who was accosted by a "tall, thin, tattooed" aggressor.

It's all over an incident outside of a movie theater in L.A. back in December -- in which Simmons claims he was walking with his family, when Nathaniel Marlowe and Cynthia Manzo "jumped at them and started yelling in their faces."

Simmons' attorney, Barry Mallen, tells TMZ Gene saw Marlowe point a "small electronic device" at his family, so he ripped away the device and "moved Marlowe aside" so the family could safely get to their car.

Days after the incident, the couple filed a lawsuit against Simmons, claiming assault, battery, emotional distress and more.

But Team Simmons claims the accusers are simply "opportunistic" and "riddled with distortions and false accusations."

The two sides are set to do battle in court sometime soon -- stay tuned.

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horndog    

Gene who? Wasn't Kiss popular for a brief time in the 1970's?

1650 days ago
17.

Sio    

now this is someone who I think should be on american idol and replace simon cowell......

1650 days ago
18.

George William Gockel    

People need Gene Simmons permission to take pictures of himself.

1650 days ago
19.

Neal    

I bet Gene is guilty of this. He looks nice at time on his show but in person he's an a total a-hole.

He SHOULD do jail time but this is just civil. It would give him some humility.

1650 days ago
20.

jeanie    

Any parent and husband would do the same thing, rich and famous or not.

1648 days ago
21.

balls    

balls

1647 days ago
22.

M     

I don't think Gean Simmons abused any of the women, they were to willing.. And I think he is very proctive of his family... There are all kinds of crazy people out there, wanting their 15 minutes of fame and money..

1529 days ago
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