This is just so sad.
Last week, former member of The Runaways, Jackie Fox, revealed that she had been drugged and raped by the band's manager Kim Fowley during a party.
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What's more disturbing is that she said none of the party-goers did anything to help, including her fellow The Runaways band mates, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie!
The 55-year-old said Kim forced her to take Quaaludes and told a roadie that it was okay to have sex with her. Jackie recalled the terrifying moment while she was waiting for his response:
"You don't know what terror is until you realize something bad is about to happen to you and you can't move a muscle. I can't move. I can't speak. All I can do is look him in the eye and do the best I can do to communicate: Please say no. … I don't know what it looked like from the outside. But I know what was going on inside and it was horror."
When the roadie turned down the horrifying offer, Kim decided to step in. One of the bass guitarist's friends explained that the manager undressed Jackie and himself, and began to rape her in front of everyone.
Jackie said that while the horrific assault was happening, she saw people watching her, including Joan and Cherie.
Now, the two are taking to Facebook to defend themselves against Jackie's story. Joan wrote that she would never just be a bystander if she witnessed something like that:
Cherie Currie also used the social media site to share a series of posts where she denounced Jackie's claim that she witnessed the traumatic events, saying:
"All I can say is if Joan, Sandy [West] and I saw an unconscious girl being brutally raped in front of us, we would have hit him over the head with a chair."
She continued to express her innocence, saying she's more than willing to take a lie detector test:
"I have been accused of a crime. Of looking into the dead yet pleading eyes of a girl, unable to move while she was brutally raped and doing nothing. I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn't start now. If I were guilty, I would admit it. There are so many excuses I could make being only one month into my sixteenth year at the time that people would understand but I am innocent. When I return from Sweden I will seek a qualified polygraph examiner to put to rest any and all allegations. I will make public the questions, answers and results of that test. I will prove I am telling the truth. I will not allow anyone to throw me under the bus and accuse me of such a foul act. I will fight for myself. It is the only thing I can do and I'm glad to do it."
On Sunday, Jackie also posted to Facebook, to thank everyone for their support, and to also explain the point of the story was not to point fingers at Joan or Cherie:
"I have been so incredibly moved over the last few days by the outpouring of love and support that has followed the story of my rape on New Year's Eve 1975… I know some people watching the online drama unfold have been discouraged by the lack of support I've received from my former bandmates. To which I can only say that I hope you never have to walk in their shoes."
She continued to say that they were all so young at the time of her assault — the girls were doing all they knew how in the situation:
"All I can say about what was said and done is that my bandmates were children who'd witnessed something criminal and tragic. I've no doubt they were dealing with it as best they were able. They had no responsible adults to guide them – only a rapist and his apologists."
However, she wasn't happy with the way they responded to her story regarding that terrible night, saying:
"I only wish that if my bandmates can't remember what happened that night – or if they just remember it differently –they would stick simply to saying that. By asserting that if they'd witnessed my rape, they'd have done something about it, they perpetuate the very myth I was trying to dispel when I decided to tell my story. Being a passive bystander is not a 'crime.' All of us have been passive bystanders at some point in our lives."
We can't even begin to imagine what Jackie went through, but we think it's incredibly brave of her to share such a scarring story.
[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]
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