Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has commented on the domestic abuse case against him. Vincent, whose real name is Vincent Cusano, was scheduled to appear in Rutherford County Criminal Court yesterday to answer aggravated domestic assault charges stemming from a May 21, 2011 incident in which he allegedly struck his wife Diane in the face before dragging her by her hair through a pile of broken glass and throwing her to the ground at the couple’s home in Symrna, Tennessee.
Cusano has gotten the case temporarily retired for a year (or 11 months and 29 days, to be specific), 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 anger management therapy.
Vinnie Vincent released a statement: “I thank you for helping me face my darkest struggle. 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.
I am also happy to announce the doublev.forumco.com is reopened.
Everyone is welcome with the exception of, in my opinion, a very disturbed, dangerously obsessed and toxic individual, who is a former member and one time moderator of my doublevforum who unfortunately continues to perpetuate his poisonous and fabricated stories in other avenues simply to inflict and cause hurt upon me and my family seemingly to satisfy his own agenda. I humbly ask u all 2 stay away from this cancer, for there are better and more uplifting things in life that are worth your precious time and devotion than this. I know in my heart that you are better than this. I hope 2 see it come to pass.
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 will see u all on the board.
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.”