Axl Rose sued for sexual assault by former model and actress Sheila Kennedy allegedly happened in 1989


A former model and actress has filed suit against Axl Rose, alleging that he has sexually assaulted her in a New York City hotel during a 1989 encounter.

Sheila Kennedy has claimed that on Wednesday Rose sexually assaulted and battery her in New York. She alleged that he targeted her using his fame and celebrity status to “manipulate, control, and violently sexually assault her.”

Kennedy, who has mentioned about her encounter with Rose in her 2016 memoir, says in the complaint, obtained by PEOPLE, that she was “not previously aware” of who he was when she first met him at a nightclub after being invited there by a friend.


A lawyer for Rose has “simply” denied the allegations and has claimed that the incident never happened. “Notably, these fictional claims were filed the day before the New York State filing deadline expires,” said attorney Alan S. Gutman in a statement obtained by the outlet. He continued that “Rose has no recollection of ever meeting or speaking to the Plaintiff… [and] is confident this case will be resolved in his favor.”

According to the complaint, Kennedy left the club with Rose and his entourage and was headed for his hotel suite, where he allegedly pushed her against the wall and kissed her, which she “did not mind, as she was open to sleeping with him.”

As the night progressed, the former actress claimed that Rose encouraged group sex, which made her “uncomfortable” as she watched him have sex with another model. The complainant alleged that she left Rose’s bedroom and later heard him throwing glass and screaming obscenities at the model.

She alleges that he arrived to the room she was sitting in and knocked her on floor to drag her back to his bedroom by grabbing his hair in a “very painful manner” which left her with bloody knees.

Once in Rose’s bedroom, Kennedy, now 61, alleges that she was thrown on the floor twice, then tied her hands behind her back with a pantyhose before “forcibly penetrating [her] anus with his penis” without asking for consent.

The complaint claimed that he treated her like some property solely for his sexual pleasure.