According to TMZ.com, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent (real name Vincent Cusano) allegedly hit his wife in the face and dragged her through a pile of broken glass on the night he was arrested.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee tells TMZ.com that Vincent‘s wife, Diane, arrived to the Sheriff’s Office on Sunday (May 22) “covered in blood” and smelling of alcohol.
Cops say Diane told the officers how she had just escaped from the couple’s home after Vincent “smacked her in the face” following an argument about a “female subject [Vincent] was talking to.”
Diane explained, “Vincent dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that had been on the floor since before the argument started.”
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Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS‘ 1983 album “Lick It Up”, according to the Courthouse News Service. However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney’s fees and $15,400 in costs.
Last June, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.
In January, Vincent, in association with Guitarmageddon Guitars, unveiled the official Vinnie Vincent model guitar at the NAMM convention.