Ace Frehley accuses Gene Simmons of groping his wife in scathing Facebook post

Last year, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley told Yahoo Entertainment that he was willing to join KISS’s “End of the Road” farewell tour “for the right price” — but in light of a nasty, newly escalated feud between Frehley and his ex-bandmate Gene Simmons, that now seems highly unlikely.

Frehley, who acrimoniously left KISS in 1982 and temporarily returned for a massively successful reunion tour in 1996, took to Facebook Tuesday evening to blast Simmons, threatening that “THE S*** WILL HIT THE FAN” and “the gloves are off,” calling Simmons an “a**hole” and “sex addict,” and even accusing Simmons of groping his wife at a 2018 event.

Frehley was apparently incensed by a new interview Simmons did with Guitar World, in which Simmons addressed speculation regarding whether Frehley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss would participate in KISS’s “End of the Road” farewell tour. Simmons described the former band members as unreliable and declared they were “never going to be in KISS again.”

“Ace and Peter have gotten three chances,” Simmons stated. “They were in and out of the band — fired — three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren’t carrying their load. … Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace of Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your f***ing life.”

Frehley then lashed out on Facebook, noting that he has been sober for 12 years and claiming that he quit KISS and was never fired. “Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has cost me millions of dollars. … You and Paul [Stanley] have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully,” he wrote. “I’ve tried to be nice and friendly … but today’s comments have made me realize you’re just an a**hole and a sex addict who’s being sued by multiple Women, and you’re just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!”

The biggest bombshell came when Frehley alleged that one of the many women who have been sexually harassed by Simmons is Frehley’s own wife — and he hinted that he may even take legal action against his former bandmate.

“The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back, when I was trying to help you out at one of your ‘Vault Experiences’ which I only found out about several weeks later,” Frehley wrote. “She was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!! …Well now the gloves are off after your terrible comments today and I’m thinking that this really may be ‘The End of the Road Tour’ for you guys!!! Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing [current KISS guitarist] Tommy [Thayer] from the throne that I created… THE S*** WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY’LL BE NO STOPPING IT — IT’S ON!!!”

As of this writing, Simmons has yet to respond, let alone apologize, but suffice to say Frehley probably won’t be “jumping up onstage for a song or two” on KISS’s “End of the Road” tour, which kicks off on Jan. 31. However, Stanley has actually suggested that KISS could theoretically continue indefinitely without any original band members — that is, with other musicians, handpicked by Simmons and Stanley, wearing the iconic greasepaint, stepping into those hydraulic platform boots and even spitting up Gene’s blood.

When asked about this possibility, Stanley told Yahoo Entertainment: “Well, KISS ultimately is an ideal. KISS ultimately is a philosophy about giving people what they deserve, giving respect to the audience, showing other bands how it’s supposed to be done — and ultimately they follow. That’s why there’s KISS DNA in every show you go to see, no matter whether it’s a rap star, a rock star, you name it. It’s KISS DNA. That’s not something that we own. [Editor’s note: Actually, Stanley, along with Simmons, holds the ownership and licensing rights to KISS’s four original makeup designs.] We’ve nurtured it. And if the time were right, do I think that KISS could rear its ugly head again, in all its glory? You betcha, because people need it and people want it!”

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Simmons Gene (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Kiss 1976 Gene Simmons (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
IN CONCERT - Airdate: March 29, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) GENE SIMMONS OF KISS
FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock and roll band Kiss pose for a portrait for the cover of their self-entitled first album 'Kiss' which was released on February 18, 1974. (Photo by Ginny Winn/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - MAY 31: Bassist Gene Simmons of the rock and roll band Kiss performs onstage at the Civic Auditorium on May 31, 1974 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 31: (L-R) Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' pose for a portrait session backstage on May 31, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Gene SIMMONS and KISS and Peter CRISS and Paul STANLEY and Ace FREHLEY; L-R: Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons - posed, group shot (Photo by Steve Morley/Redferns)
Left to right: bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Paul Stanley and drummer Peter Criss, of American heavy metal group Kiss, backstage, circa 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley of Kiss in San Francisco 1979 in San Francisco, California (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
DETROIT, USA - 16th MAY: Bassist Gene Simmons from rock group Kiss performs live on stage at Cobo Hall in Detroit during the concert recording of Alive! on 16th May 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
Bassist Gene Simmons, of American rock group Kiss, in Detroit, Michigan, May 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 1976: Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' joke around with fans and cause mayhem at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in February 1976 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: RICHFIELD COLISEUM Photo of Gene SIMMONS and KISS, Gene Simmons performing live onstage (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: American rock group Kiss, sporting their face paint and costumes, visit London at the start of their first European tour on May 10, 1976 in London, England. The group are lead singer Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley, drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Paul Stanley. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 1976: Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' joke around with fans and cause mayhem at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with radio DJ Rodney Bingenheimer in February 1976 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bassist Gene Simmons (left) and guitarist Ace Frehley performing with American rock group Kiss at Hammersmith Odeon in London, 16th May 1976. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 23rd MAY:(Clockwise from top left) Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley of Kiss pose for a studio group portrait at the RAI Congrescentrum on 23rd May 1976 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
CIRCA 1977: (L-R) Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley of the rock and roll band Kiss performs onstage in circa 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1977: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' performing onstage in circa 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1977: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait with the rock band 'Kiss' in full regalia in circa 1977 in Los Angeles, California. (L-R) Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Elton John, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1977: Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' perform onstage in circa 1977 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 24: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss (on drums) of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' perform onstage on July 24, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Stanley promised that the current KISS lineup — which includes above-mentioned guitarist Thayer (controversially wearing Frehley’s signature Space Ace makeup) and drummer Eric Singer — will deliver “an explosive, unapologetic, bombastic KISS show that will show you exactly why we’ve lasted this long.” Added a calm and collected Simmons: “We’re apolitical. We don’t care what you believe in, or what you don’t believe in. That’s not the point. Our lyrics are about nothing except extolling, which is another way of saying, ‘Enjoy life.’ And then you die, so while you’re here, you may as well have a what? Party. Enjoy it. Have a great time. That’s what our concerts are all about.”

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