Former Kiss Guitarist Vinnie Vincent Jailed for Abusing Wife


Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested Saturday night in Tennessee on charges of aggravated assault.

The 58-year-old rocker, who was a member of the face-paint band from 1982 to 1984, was taken into custody by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and held on $10,000 bond, reports

According to the site, Vincent’s wife Diane arrived at the Sheriff’s Office “covered in blood” and smelling of booze.

She reportedly claimed to have escaped from the couple’s Tennessee home after the rocker “smacked her in the face” after a fight about a “female subject [Vincent] was talking to.”

Diane, 44, also alleged that her husband dragged her through a pile of glass on the floor and threw her on the ground four times.

When cops arrived at the couple’s home, they reportedly found “four sealed containers containing deceased dogs.” Diane explained that the dogs had been killed by one of their “aggressive dogs.”

Vincent was booked into jail at 11:33 p.m. and released 12 hours later after posting bail, according to The Daily News Journal.

Vincent, whose real name is Vincent John Cusano, replaced the band’s original axe man, Ace Frehley, in 1982. He played on two albums, “Creatures of the Night” and “Lick It Up,” and went on the road for their subsequent tours.

He was known to fans as “The Ankh Warrior” for the distinctive Egyptian symbol of life painted on his face and was the last member to join the band during their signature make-up era.

Vincent left KISS in 1984 after disputes with the band over royalties and formed Vinnie Vincent Invasion, releasing two albums later in the decade. He lives in Smyrna, Tenn.


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