When Jackie Fuchs (aka Jackie Fox) left the Runaways in 1977, rumors swirled. At the time, no one on the outside knew exactly why the bassist would walk away in the middle of a tour—but, almost four decades later, Fuchs is finally telling her story.
In a lengthy article by The Huffington Post, titled “The Lost Girls,” Fuchs has revealed the horror that caused her to quit the band. She alleges that she was drugged and raped by band manager Kim Fowley, and it happened in front of a room of people, including her former band members.
“I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me,” she said, recalling what happened after the band’s 1975 New Year’s Eve show in Orange County, Calif.
“It turned into this really disgusting Grand Guignol-like theater performance that he put on,” said witness Kari Krome, a then 13-year-old aspiring songwriter who was also preyed on by Fowley. “And Jackie was dead, dead, dead drunk—like corpse drunk. She was just laying down on her back, sound asleep, out of it.”