Guns N’ Roses Singer Axl Rose Accused of 1989 Sexual Assault in Lawsuit: Dr. Ann Olivarius Quoted in Major Outlets
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has been accused of sexual assault and battery by former Penthouse model Sheila Kenned in a lawsuit filed in New York under the Adult Survivors Act.
Kennedy alleges that Rose used his ‘fame, status, and power as a celebrity and performer in the music industry to gain access to manipulate, control, and violently sexually assault [her]’ in 1989.
McAllister Olivarius filed the lawsuit on behalf of Kennedy under the New York Adult Survivors Act. Dr. Ann Olivarius, Chair of the Executive Committee at McAllister Olivarius, has released a statement to the world’s media:
‘We expect that Sheila Kennedy’s decision to file this suit will be an important turning point for the music industry. Her account is unfortunately all too typical of a culture of violence and sexual misconduct that has been allowed to exist in plain sight for decades… It’s not just individual musicians stepping out of line, but an industrial system of enabling them and then covering up their misconduct and crimes, silencing survivors and normalizing sexual assault. We hope Sheila’s bravery helps other victims find their voice.’
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