Gene Simmons’ Beverly Hills home has been searched by Los Angeles police on August 20.
A task force investigating Internet crimes against children served a search warrant at the home of the Kiss bassist in Benedict Canyon, but neither Gene Simmons nor anyone in his family is suspected in the case, LAPD said.
Lt. John Jenal says the detectives involved want to emphasize that Gene Simmons and his family were “extremely cooperative” and none of them are suspected of a crime.
Police would give no further comment on the investigation.
Gene Simmons, 65, has been a central member of Kiss since the early 1970s. His family was the subject of a reality TV series that aired for several years.
Gene Simmons has apologized for his recent remarks about people who suffer from depression.
The Kiss singer and bassist sparked outrage after saying he is “the guy who says <<Jump>>” to those who are suicidal.
Gene Simmons said in a Facebook post: “I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression.
“I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments.”
The singer continued: “I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones.
“I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.”
Gene Simmons has apologized for his recent remarks about people who suffer from depression (photo Getty Images)
Gene Simmons’ apology follows an interview posted on the SongFacts.com, in which the theatrical rocker was quoted as saying he did not understand people who were depressed.
“My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany,” he said.
“I don’t want to hear… about ‘the world as a harsh place’. She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life.”
Using the example of a hypothetical “putz” who is 20 years old and lives in Seattle and says they are depressed, the outspoken star said his advice would be to “kill yourself”.
Gene Simmons went on: “I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says <<Jump>> when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, <<That’s it, I can’t take it any more, I’m going to jump>>.”
The interview was posted on July 31, before the death of Robin Williams, who took his own life after struggling with depression and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Gene Simmons’ comments have been criticized in the wake of Robin Williams’ death, which has led to calls for a greater public understanding of the condition.
Several radio stations banned Kiss music in the wake of Gene Simmons’ comments, Fox News reported.
In a bid to share lessons learned on his road to success and help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into money-making machines, Gene Simmons is set to share the secrets to his business success in a new self-help book, Me, Inc.: Build An Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business.
Gene Simmons is already an established author – he teamed up with his KISS bandmate Paul Stanley for the 2012 release Nothin’ to Lose to tell the story of the group’s formation back in 1973.
Gene Simmons is set to share the secrets to his business success in a new self-help book
Describing Gene Simmons as a “marketing and finance wizard” and “the quintessential self-made man,” a statement from executives at HarperCollins Publishers reads: “KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident.
“Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVD’s worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items.
“In addition to KISS, Simmons’ lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes lifetime achievement award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own – no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible.”
Gene Simmons’ new book is due for release later this year.
Veteran rock band Kiss has pulled out of their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in a disagreement over their line-up.
Kiss failed to decide which members would be on stage for the concert on April 10.
They said on their website the “memory of those times” would not be served by a reunion of the original line-up.
Other inductees who will be honored in New York include Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt.
Musical acts are eligible to be elevated to the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release.
Kiss, famous for their elaborate stage make-up and costumes, first formed in 1973, including current band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
Kiss has pulled out of their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in a disagreement over their line-up
Originals Ace Frehley and Peter Criss subsequently quit the group, which continued with different musicians.
Their statement continued: “To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up, and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
“This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.”
Ace Frehley claimed Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had rejected a reunion with their original bandmates.
“It’s very frustrating. It’s what the fans wanted, it’s what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it’s not gonna happen,” he told DJ Eddie Trunk.
The band’s statement denied that they had ever scotched a reunion with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. This would have marked the original quartet’s first performance together in more than 13 years, at the end of a reunion which lasted from 1996-2000.
Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have not confirmed if they will attend the ceremony.