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Former KISS Guitarist Arrested on Assault Charges

5/22/2011 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vinnie Vincent -- the guitarist who famously took Ace Frehley's place in the band KISS -- was arrested today on charges of aggravated assault ... TMZ has learned.

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Vincent (real name Vinnie Cusano) was busted by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee and held on $10,000 bond. He posted and was released at 11:27 AM.

Vincent was known as the Ankh Warrior during his time with the band.

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Benny Barnes    

I wonder what Kendall Keith thinks about this? He is/was a big fan of Vinnie's!

1257 days ago
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karlew    

If he aint Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons he's only a session musician who played some concerts and wore some makeup. Couldn't care less.

1257 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

1257 days ago
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Kriss    

Aww...he's a great guy...really nice and appreciative..wonder what happened?

1257 days ago
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Jeff    

To quote Chiam Weitz (Gene Simmons), "What a putz!".

1257 days ago
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luis    

first

1257 days ago
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s_megma    

He played that awesome double-V guitar.

1257 days ago
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Stiletto    

Musicians are *****'s...so it had to be a woman he beat up.

1257 days ago
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DisneyInfonet    

As a fan of KISS for over 30 years this comes as no surprise to me. Vinnie has had issues before and that is why he only lasted one album tour with KISS. He has had one other band fail on him and that was the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. He was booted from KISS for having a bad attitude. Really surprised he has not done more than just assault in the last 20 years since being booted from KISS

This is taking nothing away from his abilities. The dude can kill on the guitar but his personality seems to get in the way of his brilliance on the guitar

1257 days ago
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kerrplunk    

I witnessed KISS on August 16 1977 the day The KING died! What a drug fest it was......

1257 days ago
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Genebaby    

Wow, woke up to hear about this on Facebook, checked the news at the Vinnie Vincent Fan Forum, which led me to TMZ.

Crazy stuff. If it was his wife Diane then I can't believe it. His personality problems never seemed to extend to her, they've been together for over 15 years.

1257 days ago
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Sin D    

wow.didn't know he was still around

1257 days ago
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karisma    

Watch it, guys... technically I don't think Vinnie Vincent is even allowed to kiss people, let alone have the name KISS associated with him. Gene's tooling up the Lawsuit-Mobile! LOL

1257 days ago
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jdranetz    

To quote Chaim Wietz,"What a putz!"

1257 days ago
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writenow    

A band member breaking the law is news? Really?

1257 days ago
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