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Ex-KISS Guitarist -- Blood, Cuts, and 4 Dead Dogs

5/23/2011 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former KISS guitarist Vincent Cusano -- aka Vinnie Vincent -- allegedly smacked his wife in the face and dragged her through a pile of broken glass on the night he was arrested ... and when cops arrived to the house, they found 4 dead dogs at the scene ... this according to law enforcement.

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The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office tells TMZ ... on May 22, Vincent's wife, Diane, arrived to the Sheriff's Office "covered in blood" and reeking of alcohol.

Cops say 44-year-old Diane told the officers how she had just escaped from the couple's Tennessee home ... after Vincent "smacked her in the face" following an argument about a "female subject [Vincent] was talking to." She says Vincent then "grabbed her by the hair and threw her down to the ground."

Diane says Vincent then "dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that had been on the floor since before the argument had started."

Diane told police she tried to get away -- but 58-year-old Vincent threw her to the ground 4 more times. She eventually escaped and drove herself to the station.

Cops dispatched officers to the home -- where they found Vincent and "four sealed containers containing deceased dogs."

Diane told the cops .... the dogs had been "killed by one of their aggressive dogs."

Vincent was eventually arrested and booked for aggravated domestic assault -- and his bond was set at $10,000.  TMZ obtained his mug shot, pictured above.

An animal service team was contacted to look into the dead dog situation.


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Kathy    

TMZ, are you sure that is not his wife in the picture?

No way this is a guy.

1158 days ago
92.

what a hoot    

OMG! is he/she transgendered? Seriously. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

1158 days ago
93.

jxtr    

TMZ, please clarify the identity of the person in the picture. Is this a picture of him (the former Kiss member), or her (his wife)?

1158 days ago
94.

Amy    

Guys, of course it's him in the picture. Look him up. And why the heck would she have a mug shot...she's the victim. He just looks very unfortunate.

1158 days ago
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shadough    

Ace Freling is the only real guitarist of KISS as far as I'm concerned. Who is this freak??

1158 days ago
96.

Kriss    

"TMZ has HIS mugshot PICTURED ABOVE"...please learn to read before asking for clarification. Duh

1158 days ago
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joey bagnato    

I AM A LIFE LONG KISS FAN I STARTED LISTENING SINCE I WAS 5 AND HAVE NOT STOPPED BUT THIS STORY THAT WAS JUST POSTED I AM IN SHOCK I NEVER LIKED VINNIE VINCENT EVEN WHEN HE WAS IN KISS THIS STORY HAS GOT ME SO FIRED UP RIGHT NOW YOU DONT KEEP DEAD DOGS IN YOUR HOWS AND YOU SURE AS HELL DONT BEAT A WOMAN EVEN IF SHE DOES DESERVE IT VINNIE BETTER STAY IN JAIL BECAUSE IF I EVER SEE HIM AND THIS COMES FROM THE HEART WHAT IM ABOUT TO SAY IM GONNA BEAT YOU RIP OF YOUR **** AND STICK IT IN YOUR MOUTH JUST TO SEE HOW YOU LIKE IT AND IF THE PEOPLE AT TMZ WANNA TALK TO ME RIGHT NOW I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO THEM E-MAIL ME OR CALL ME BETTER TO E-MAIL ME BAGNATO11@YAHOO.COM

1158 days ago
98.

Bone    

That is one ugly man/woman, who can tell?

1158 days ago
99.

Christine    

rode hard and put away wet has a new meaning!

1158 days ago
100.

Bosch    

Yes people that is Vinnie.. He was a little snit that just never got over he was a little guitar player.. He has been an Ahole for years if you believe the rumors that gone round about him..

1158 days ago
101.

Bert Miracles    

check out this message board full of nutjobs who defend this loser

http://vvforums.com/index.php

1158 days ago
102.

MrsBeasley    

Tough guy who beats a woman. What a lump of ****.

1158 days ago
103.

Pound Sand    

That is the freakiest man ever! There is no way that is a man. What a POS!

1158 days ago
104.

the light    

I wonder if his wife was arrested for driving intoxicated?? And maybe she killed the dogs???

1158 days ago
105.

Joao    

Well, at least he didn't do it California, home of the Star Struck Judges and Celebrity "Justice". I'm thank'n they don't play that California style BS down there. Let's see if he tries to take refuge in a rehab programme. Works every time, in California, if you're a celeb.

1158 days ago
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