Thursday, June 23, 2011

KISS: Vinnie Vincent reaches plea deal in Tennessee

Looks like former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent (real name Vincent Cusano) has reached a deal in his domestic abuse case in Tennessee.

The Nashville Scene reports the case has been temporarily "retired" for a year, eventually giving the guitarist an opportunity to "petition the Court to dismiss [the] case and expunge the pertinent records as provided by law," in exchange for undergoing eight hours of anger-management therapy.

Vincent was scheduled to appear in Rutherford County Criminal Court today to answer aggravated domestic assault charges stemming from a May 21, 2011 incident when his wife Diane accused him of hitting her in the face, throwing her to the ground, and dragging her through broken glass following an argument.

Vinnie has until a December 5 court date to meet his anger-management therapy requirements in the case.

"I thank you for helping me face my darkest struggle,” writes Vincent. “You were there during my loneliest time when I was hopelessly lost with no direction. You were there to help me keep the last of my faith from breaking. Your message of love became the moments that I will always remember.”

"I am happy to announce that all charges alleged against me were dropped and the case dismissed. Unfortunately, and very sadly, I was falsely charged.”

"To all of the 'truly genuine' friends and fans who sent me their heartfelt messages of support and love during my hurting time, I will answer each of you. I ask that you give me some time.”

"I send my love to each and all of you, wherever you are in the world and to all of you who have suffered from the earthquake in Japan and Haiti, I am with you in love and spirit."

During a court appearance earlier this month, WSMV-TV Nashville reported Vincent and his wife agreed that he could return to the family property, but live in a separate home; the judge also allowed the guitarist to visit the main house, but only if his wife is not there.

No word on whether those conditions still applies, given the latest developments in the case.

As a replacement for the departing Ace Frehley, Vincent was the last member of KISS to join during the original "makeup" era. Touring as "The Ankh Warrior," Vinnie was with KISS for 1982’s "Creatures Of The Night" album and tour, as well as the “Lick It Up” album and tour, the first for the band without makeup.


KISS – Calling Dr. Love
Maracanã - Rio de Janeiro, BR - June 18, 1983

See also:

KISS: Vinnie Vincent allowed to return home
KISS: Vinnie Vincent issues statement regarding his arrest
UPDATE: Former KISS guitarist arrested on assault charges
Former KISS guitarist arrested on assault charges