Former Penthouse magazine model Sheila Kennedy has filed a lawsuit against Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, accusing him of raping her in a 1989 attack at a hotel in New York City. Kennedy, 61, filed the lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for physical injury, pain and suffering, severe emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, anxiety, and economic harm.
The lawsuit was filed under the temporary New York law, the Adult Survivors Act, which allows adult victims to sue over attacks that occurred even decades ago. The law is set to expire after Thursday. Kennedy’s attorney, Alan S. Gutman, stated on behalf of Rose that the incident never happened and that the claims were filed just before the filing deadline.
According to Kennedy’s lawsuit, she met Rose in February 1989 at a Manhattan nightclub, where he invited her to join a party in his hotel suite. The lawsuit alleges that Kennedy witnessed Rose having sex with another model before he became angry with her and ordered her to leave. Kennedy claims that Rose then dragged her across the floor by her hair, tied her hands together with pantyhose, and sexually assaulted her from behind.
Kennedy states that the attack has caused lifelong emotional, physical, psychological, and financial damage. She has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression as a result of the incident, and her career has suffered because she avoids social scenarios where she could encounter Rose or hear his music. Kennedy alleges that she experiences symptoms akin to post-traumatic stress disorder whenever she hears Rose’s name or the music of Guns N’ Roses.
Kennedy has previously made these allegations about Rose in her 2016 memoir, “No One’s Pet,” and in a 2021 documentary, “Look Away,” which focuses on women who have been sexually abused in the music industry.
Please note that the Associated Press does not typically name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly, as Kennedy has done.