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Axl Rose accused of sexual assault in 1989 in New York

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Axl Rose on June 17, during a Guns N' Roses concert in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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The frontman of the American rock band Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose or William Bruce Rose, his real name, is accused of sexual assault by an American model, Sheila Kennedy, according to a New York court document revealed by the specialized press.

According to this civil complaint filed on Wednesday, November 22, Axl Rose, now 62 years old, is responsible for sexual assault and violence against Sheila Kennedy, a model in the 1980s. The actions were allegedly committed in 1989 in a New York hotel room, after an encounter in a nightclub.

Ms. Kennedy, also born in 1962 , was one of the stars of the American magazine Penthousein 1983. She is also an actress.

Axl Rose targeted Sheila Kennedy in 1989, when he was at the height of his commercial success with legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses, supports the complaint filed by New York justice.

Rose used her fame, status and power as a celebrity and artist in the music industry to be able to manipulate, control and assault Kennedy sexually and with violence, according to the complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court, a trial court.

Result of the ;sexual assault committed by Axl Rose: Kennedy suffered emotional, physical, financial and psychological distress, the document states.

The actions were allegedly committed in a hotel room after a meeting and initial consensual exchanges, which degenerated, according to the complainant.

Formed in 1984, Guns N' Roses are one of the most popular bands in rock history and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Its original members include Axl Rose, Saul Slash Hudson and Michael Duff McKagan .

Friday evening, American hip-hop star Sean Combs, Puff Daddy on stage, and his ex-partner Casandra Ventura, aka Cassie, were reached an amicable agreement the day after a civil complaint against him for rape and violence, acts committed between 2005 and 2018.

These civil legal actions are made possible thanks to a New York State law which, since November 2022, allows victims of sexual violence to file civil complaints for prescribed criminal or tort acts . However, these procedures can only take place for one year.

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