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I DON'T HATE JEWS

4/8/2014 7:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Founding KISS drummer Peter Criss insists he's NOT a raging anti-Semite, despite public accusations made by KISS guitarist Paul Stanley.

Stanley unloaded on Criss and another ex-band mate Ace Frehley in his new book "Face the Music: A Life Exposed," accusing the two of chronic anti-Semitic behavior back in the day. Stanley also accuses Criss of being a racist who enjoyed mocking waiters at Chinese restaurants.

But Criss tells TMZ, all of Stanley's claims are bogus.

Criss says he's always been a loving supporter of all religions, including the Jewish faith -- in fact, Criss tells us his favorite aunt was Jewish. He also denies being a racist in any way.

Although Criss says he's spoken to a lawyer, he says he has no plans to pursue legal action against Stanley.

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31.

TheMachine1    

KISS sucks.

206 days ago
32.

blahblah    

Kiss sucks!!!

206 days ago
33.

S D M F    

KISS trying to stay relevant and going above and beyond and stooping to new lows to stay in the news. Not that they were ever relevant in the first place. Retire already, you are nothing more than a bunch of OLD rock wannabes.

206 days ago
34.

kitnplayn    

Really? Peter Criss doesn't seem to know the difference between racism and religion. What a knob.

206 days ago
35.

Steven NYC    

If Paul Stanley is so concerned about anti-Semitic behavior, why did Paul pose in a genuine Nazi uniform WITH Peter in 1977? Photos exist and are online.

206 days ago
36.

Sarah Sota     

Gene Simmons shud b held down and have that brillo pad shaved off his noggin

206 days ago
37.

MjR    

Gene AND Paul are all about makign money...lets get a story brewing so people will read my book. Who even knew he had a book deal...now its news so people know and soem fools will buy it.

AND I loved kiss and went to lots of KISS concerts when I was a teenager and into my 20's but Gene makes me sick today with his screw the fans... anything just for their money plans.

206 days ago
38.

Observer    

"he has no plans to pursue legal action against Stanley"

Uh... well, if he's a Liar, then you Sue!
If he's not.... then you don't.

Hmmmmmm.....?

206 days ago
39.

Sieg Heil    

Isn't Gene a Jew? There goes that theory shameless plug for book,? I think so

206 days ago
40.

Pilar Bernsteen de Juarez    

Oh, that's right! We can only make fun of Latinos and Blacks. Bummer

206 days ago
41.

Teresa gradolf    

My friend who does no wrong as he would say tribute to kiss,God bless love teresa

206 days ago
42.

Rachel    

People say alot of stuff to friends and family that isn't meant to be repeated. Regardless if he said it or not, it was said in private and Paul Stanley should never have repeated it to the public. I'm sure Paul has never said anything negative about another race. Puhleaze... We all have!

206 days ago
43.

Factual    

BFD

206 days ago
44.

static    

Oy!

206 days ago
45.

Rich    

What an utterly pathetic and, indeed, offensive way to sell books. One wonders if Paul Stanley's convictions about Ace and Peter were held before or after the Reunion, Psycho Circus and Farewell Tours wherein scads of money was made off the backs of Peter and Ace while each of them were only on contracts with KISS. Those truly offended by racists don't usually join forces with those whom harbour such twisted views. Perhaps its time to come to terms with the foundation started in 1972-73 which enables Paul to get people's attention in 2014.

206 days ago
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