Kari Krome, songwriter of the all-female 1970s rock band The Runaways, has sued the band’s former manager. Kim Fowleyand long-time KROQ DJ and nightclub owner Rodney Bingenheimerclaimed that they were both sexually assaulted when they were younger. The news was first reported by rolling stones.
Plaintiff, Karl Krome [legal name: Carrie Mitchell] He is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, assault and harassment at the hands of Defendant Rodney Bingenheimer. Variationreads partially. “When Plaintiff was approximately 13, 14, and 15 years old, Defendant Rodney Bingenheimer and Defendant Kim Fowley used their roles as adults to gain access to manipulate, exploit, and exploit their roles, status, and power, as well as their connections and work in the music industry and County of California, State of California. Claimant for sexual assault. As a result of the sexual abuse and assault of Defendant Rodney Bingenheimer and Defendant Kim Fowley, Plaintiff suffered serious emotional, physical and psychological distress, including shame and guilt, economic loss, economic capacity and emotional loss.”
Fowley, who died in 2015, has been accused of sexual misconduct in the past – the band’s bassist, Jackie Fox, claimed that he raped her in an article published in the Huffington Post shortly after her death; Krome confirmed Fox’s claim and first detailed her own allegations against Fox in the same article.
However, the new lawsuit represents the first time Bingenheimer has been publicly accused of sexual assault. “You may come to a conclusion or think something isn’t right, but if you talk too soon about something, you often get nothing but backlash and you have to wait for the right time to come.” Mitchell told Rolling Stone. “I’ll never shut up about it. Just nobody wanted to hear it. Nobody seemed to care. Instead of looking at these characters through the lens of doing criminal things, we’re looking at them through the lens of beautifying that era and that scene.”
Representatives of Fowley’s estate and Bingenheimer did not immediately respond. Variationcomments requests.
In his role on KROQ and as the owner of English Disco, Bingenheimer played an important role in the rise of glam rock and later punk rock in Los Angeles. However, as the team claims, the Disco was “notorious for letting underage children in” and was a popular destination for many rock stars of the era (many of whom admitted to having sex with underage in the past). The lawsuit alleges that Bingenheimer, who was 28 at the time, began to “convince Mitchell that they were friends and that Mitchell could trust him.” The suit alleges that he sexually assaulted Mitchell at his home one evening after he told Mitchell to come to his room to watch TV.
The lawsuit also alleges that Fowley signed Mitchell to a publishing deal on his 14th birthday and received praise for the many songs he wrote for the band, particularly their hit “Cherry Bomb.”
“Especially when you are young, you may not be happy at home, you rebel against your parents, you have a rich imagination. “I know I did,” Mitchell continued. “Going to Rodney’s was like walking to Oz. I was looking at the banners, the marquee, the people. It was so overwhelming for me that I couldn’t lift it all fast enough. The real thing about it was dealing with grown men who really had excessive sexual energy. But I was wearing Wallabees and denim jackets. I was out of place. My motivation was purely creative. I wasn’t interested in men, I was too young.”