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Kiss Sued By Former Guitarist

July 10, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Former Kiss lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent has filed suit against Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, PolyGram Records, and related companies. In the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Vincent alleges he was defrauded of royalties. His lawyer Mary Parker says Vincent had no written employment agreement with the group during his tenure (1982-84) and was paid weekly; he refused to sign an agreement because the terms were unacceptable. The suit alleges that the band tried to coerce him into signing by cutting his weekly salary and making him pay for lodging and per diem.

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