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The feud between Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons intensified. In Picture: Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer and Gene Simmons of Kiss attend 'America's Got Talent' Season 13 Finale Live Show Red Carpet at the Dolby Theatre on September 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown

“The gloves are off” in the feud between “Kiss” founding guitarist Ace Frehley and co-lead singer Gene Simmons. In a scathing message online, Frehley gave his version of the events about the time he was in the band, and the circumstances of his departure. He also accused his former band member of groping his wife on a previous occasion.

In a post on Facebook, Frehley said that he was never fired from “Kiss,” as alleged by Simmons. He explained that he quit twice because Simmons and Paul Stanley are “control freaks,” “untrustworthy” and difficult to work with. The guitarist said that Simmons’ comments are “slanderous,” and such comments over the years have cost Frehley “millions of dollars.”

Frehley has been sober for 12 years. He pointed out that while Simmons said in a recent interview that the guitarist can’t be trusted to play in full night shows, this is exactly what he has been doing in “The Ace Frehley Band.” He also added that he is the most successful solo artist to come out of the original “Kiss” lineup, and that Simmons and Stanley have tried to “derail” his career multiple times.

In the long post, Frehley accused Simmons of groping his wife and propositioning to her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building. This apparently happened at a time when the guitarist was trying to help Simmons with the latter’s “Vault Experiences.” Frehley’s wife wanted to file a complaint, but the guitarist stopped her. He pointed out that multiple other women have filed similar cases against the singer.

Frehley wrote that he has tried to be friendly before, but now the “gloves are off.” He demanded that Simmons give a “heartfelt apology” for his comments, offer Frehley his old job, and remove Tommy Thayer from the “throne” that the former band member built.

The comments that Frehley was referring to are from Simmons’ interview in which the latter said that he gave Frehley and Peter Criss three chances, Ultimate Classic Rock reported. Simmons said that the former band members were fired because of “ drugs, alcohol, bad behaviour, being unprofessional” and for not carrying their load.

In his interview, Simmons said that he would love to have Frehley and Criss join the band “here and there,” but they will never be in “Kiss” again. He also said that if the former band members don’t join, it will be because of Frehley and Criss.

According to Rolling Stone, “Kiss” will begin the “End of the Road” tour in Vancouver on January 31st. The band will perform Los Angeles’ Whisky a Go Go for Sirius XM next month.