KISS rock stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are on the middle of a authorized battle following the loss of life of one in all their longtime workers after he contracted COVID-19, TMZ reviews.
The late Francis Stueber, a guitar technician who had been part of the KISS staff for almost twenty years, handed away in October 2021, days after coming down with the virus whereas the band was on tour, in accordance with authorized paperwork obtained by the outlet.
Stueber’s household alleged Stanley first contracted the virus in August 2021, and that it then unfold among the many tour workers and personnel and in the end led to the guitar tech’s loss of life, TMZ reported. Stueber’s household additional argued the virus’ alleged dissemination inside the band and its entourage was exacerbated by lax security protocols in place through the tour, in accordance with the outlet. Allegations in opposition to KISS embrace claims of insufficient security measures that the household says failed to guard the well being of these concerned, TMZ reported.
KISS beforehand advised Rolling Stone the COVID security protocols they adopted on tour “met, however most frequently exceeded, federal, state, and native pointers. However in the end that is nonetheless a worldwide pandemic and there may be merely no foolproof option to tour with out some factor of threat.”
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Stueber’s household has additionally voiced their disappointment with the band’s alleged method to coping with workers who contracted the virus. KISS allegedly had a coverage of isolating contaminated workers in a lodge room positioned within the metropolis the place the band occurred to be on the time. The alleged method was missing within the depth of care and assist that may have been anticipated, Stueber’s household argued within the swimsuit, in accordance with TMZ. (RELATED: Gene Simmons: BDS Can KISS My Tuchus)
The plaintiffs additionally claimed the band’s longtime supervisor, Doc McGhee, failed to make sure well timed medical take care of Stueber, TMZ reported. The plaintiffs contend McGhee had promised to rearrange for medical personnel to go to and study Stueber in his native Sheraton lodge room, in accordance with the outlet, however McGhee allegedly did not ship on this promise which left Stueber with out the mandatory medical consideration.
Simmons, Stanley, McGhee, Marriott resorts and Dwell Nation had been all named within the swimsuit as answerable for damages, TMZ reported.