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The Erin Everly & Axl Rose abuse article


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[glow=purple,2,300] This is the Article that I mentioned in another post and some people asked that I could post it for them to read. It has just about everything about what happened in Erin's and Stephanie's side of the story. I know I said it shouldnt influece people bla bla bla so if you wanna read it you can. Don't be put off by the length. (carries on to the next 3 posts as well)[/glow]

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Former model Erin Everly, daughter of 50's pop star, says her life with Guns N'Roses rocker Axl Rose was a nightmare of domestic violence.

"She's got eyes of the bluest skies as if they thought of rain I'd hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain" Guns N' Roses founder Axl Rose - infamous for heavy metal screeds like "Back Off Bitch" - is generally not know for his love songs.  But the raucous
rocker's 1988 hit "Sweet Child O' Mine" was a tender as a power ballad can get.  A No. 1 single, Rose's song was written for then girlfriend Erin Everly - a
waiflike 22-year-old whose father, Don, had been half of rock's singing Everly Brothers.  In 1990, four years after they met, Axl and Erin were married.  By Everly's account, however, the couple's duet had dissolved into screams and violent discord long before they made it to the altar.  In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE done before the O.J. Simpson case focused the nation on
domestic violence, Everly describes a pattern of abuse frighteningly similar to the Simpsons' relationship preceding Nicole Simpson's murder.  Everly says
that throughout her four years with Rose, she suffered regular beatings that left her bruised, bloodied, and sometimes unconscious."You never knew what
would set him off," she says.
     Like other alleged batterings, the final one meted out in Rose's West Hollywood luxury condo in November 1990, ended as abruptly as it had begun, with an argument over her cleaning of his CD collection.  But this time, Everly says, she did something she'd never done before.  "I didn't think I could survive mentally any longer; I was dying inside," she recalls.  "At the door I
turned around and said, 'I want you to take a good look at me because you're never going to see me again.'  And he never has."
     Now, four years later, however, Everly, 28, is indeed hoping to see Rose, 32, at least one more time - in court.  In March she filed a suit in Los Angeles, charging that he had subjected her to physical and emotional abuse. Everly claims that during his frequent, unpredictable rages, Rose brandished guns, smashed her belongings and yanked telephones the wall.  At one point, she alleges, he removed all the doors inside her apartment so that he could monitor her movements.  "I was afraid when he came in, when he left, when he
wasn't there," she says.
     Rose refused to be interviewed about Everly's accusations, but in court papers he claims that the 5'6", 104 lb. Everly provoked him - rose is 5'9", 145
lbs. - and that his actions were purely in self defense.  A friend, who agreed to speak for Rose anonymously, concedes that the couple "did have a combative
relationship.  But," she adds, "Erin portrays herself as a victim and him as the evil aggressor.  From what I witnessed, she was the aggressor."  Everly, in
turn, denies striking Rose.  "That was never my reaction, to hit somebody," she says.  "I don't even spank my dogs."
     Everly launched the suit after being subpoenaed in a court action by Rose's former girlfriend, model Stephanie Seymour.  In that case, Rose and
Seymour exchange similar charges of physical abuse (see box, page 52).  Now waging legal battle on at least two fronts, Rose reportedly plans to take time
off from Guns N' Roses, whose last album, The Spaghetti Incident?, sold far less than it's predecessors and whose fortunes appear to be fading.
     Promising futures seemed to await both Axl Rose and Erin Everly when the two met at a party in L.A. in 1986.  He was an unknown 24-year-old
with a fledgling rock band.  Everly, then a 19-year-old Los Angeles native who had moved to New York City at 16 to model for the Wilhelmina agency,
quickly fell for the ambitious rocker and moved back to California to be with him.  "It was the first relationship I had had - I felt like we were two people
who didn't have much but who had found each other," says Everly of the state of mind both brought to the romance.  "I was looking for someone who wanted to get married, have a bunch of children and a station wagon."
     Neither she nor Rose had ever had a traditional family life.  By his own account, Axl and his younger siblings, Stuart and Amy, had hellish childhoods.
According to Axl, he was sexually abused at 2 by his father, William, and allegedly beaten by his strict fundamentalist Christian stepfather, Steve Bailey.
Axl, who believes his biological father dead and is estranged from his stepfather, has also said that anger he felt toward his mother, Sharon, contributed to his admitted misogyny.  A bright but troubled student who
joined the chorus and track team, Rose dropped out of his Lafayette, IN, high school in his junior year.  By 1982, when he moved to L.A. with then girlfriend
Gina Siler, 17, he had been arrested four times for minor offenses and placed in a court-ordered alcohol-abuse program....

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...According to Siler, now 28, Rose was alternately affectionate and
abusive during their relationship, which ended three years after the move to
L.A.  "Tumultuous is putting it mildly," Siler says.  "He could be kind and
loving, and at other times he was violent and irrational."
As Everly would later be, Siler was moved by Rose's accounts of his
early years.  "Axl told me [that] when he was a baby, his real dad went insane,
and his stepdad was oppressive" she says.  "I think he's always had this 'life
owes me' attitude."
Everly too had endured a rocky childhood.  Beset by drug problems,
her father suffered a breakdown in 1963, was later hospitalized and received
electroshock treatments.  In 1970 he split from second wife Venetia Stevenson,
a former actress (1958's Darby's Rangers), with whom he had three children:  
Erin, sister Stacey, now a 31-year-old California artist and brother Eden, 25
and a musician in L.A.  "I never had bad memories of him," says Erin, who was
7 when her parents divorced.  "I had no memories."
When Don Everly, pleading poverty, balked at paying child support,
Stevenson took work as a clothing designer.  In 1974 she moved the family
from an upscale Studio City neighborhood to a more modest rented home in
L.A. and the children transferred from the exclusive Buckley private school to
public schools.  A slow learner who suffered from dyslexia, Erin enjoyed being
home and playing with her dolls and baby brother and, as she got older,
offering emotional support to her mother.  "I always felt like I had to look after
her," she says.  "I'm a caretaker."
She was also a magnet for Rose.  After they moved in together in 1986,
she continued modeling to pay the rent on their Hollywood apartment.  Nights
were spent accompanying him to the seedy Sunset Strip bars where he and
Guns N' Roses bandmates, Saul "Slash" Hudson, boyhood friend Izzy Stradlin',
Duff McKagan and Steven Adler (he and Stradlin' left the band in the early
90's) performed.  "When you're in love, you want to be with the person every
minute," she says.  "My life was taking care of Axl."
And a high-maintenance task it was.  Guns N' Roses hit big in 1987
with Appetite For Destruction - the biggest selling (17 million) debut album in
history - and Rose seemed ill-prepared to handle the pressure.  He turned up
late for shows and battled with police, security guards, fans and anyone who
triggered his temper.  Lawyers for ex-bandmate Adler claimed their client saw
Rose throw a woman down a flight of stairs in 1990 after she refused to have
sex with him.  [And Steven is still in drug rehab.  Just a little reminder from
Taxl.]
According to Everly, Rose was bringing his tantrums home early on.  
She can't recall the first time he hit her.  "It's like an earthquake where after it's
over you think, 'What was that?'" she says of beatings that often began over
matters as trivial as stubbing his toe or being awakened by a ringing telephone.  
"There's so much anger in him.  Maybe I was this easy person to take it out
on."
As Roses' career took off, Everly's faltered.  In 1987 she abruptly
canceled one of her last modeling assignments, a lingerie shoot.  "She told me
[Rose] had dragged her from her apartment and that she had abrasions up and
down her body," says her New York City modeling agent, Faith Kates.  In the
end, says Kates: "it was sad.  She'd had this sparkle in her eye, and it was
gone."
Like many domestic-violence victims, Everly protected the partner who
she now says beat her up.  When her model friend Taryn Portman called the
L.A. police after one violent episode in 1986, Erin told officers it was a false
alarm.  "I was really torn," Everly says.  "Here was my best friend trying to
protect me.  But there was Axl (hiding behind the door).  My fear was bigger
than you can imagine."
According to Everly, Rose had no compunction about abusing her in
front of others.  Her friend Heidi Richman, an independent TV producer, says
she witnessed Rose hitting Erin at a crowded 1987 barbecue at a house in the
Hollywood Hills.  "He was beating her, pulling her hair," says Richman.  "He
was like a rabid dog."
Despite pleas from friends and her mother to leave Rose, Everly
refused.  "I always believed things would get better," she says.  "And I felt
sorry for him.  I thought I could make (his early childhood suffering) all
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...On April 27, 1990, says Everly, Rose, who by then had moved out of
the couple's home and bought a luxury condo above Sunset Strip, showed up
at her door unannounced at 4 a.m.  As she tells it, he told her he had a gun in
the car and that he would kill himself if she didn't marry him.  On the long drive
to Las Vegas, she says, he promised that he would never hit her again and
never divorce her.  Twenty four hours later they took their vows at the Cupid
Wedding Chapel.  One month later, says Everly, Rose first threatened divorce.  
And two months after that, he beat her so badly she was hospitalized.
While Everly was in the hospital, he sparked a reconciliation by moving
her belongings into his condo.  Domestic bliss, if it ever materialized, was short
lived.  By then, Everly says, she was forbidden to see her friends and Rose,
who had become a wealthy man, refused to give her money or even a door key;
she claims that he often locked her out, then gave her permission to return only
when he felt like it.  Says Everly:  "I used to go into the bathroom to cry.  I'd
turn on the water so he couldn't hear me, because that would set him off too."
In September 1990, Everly learned she was pregnant.  "This was all I
wanted," she says.  "I thought it could have been a cure for Axl."  If so, it
didn't take: Everly says that Rose's elation quickly soured and that he threw her
out of the condo and threatened to take the baby.  When she miscarried in her
third month, Everly had to sell her Jeep to cover medical costs.  As Everly
recuperated, Rose thrashed the house in Hollywood Hills they had been
preparing to move into, causing $100,000 in damages.
Everly had finally had enough.  In November of that year - after
suffering that last beating, she says - she walked.  "I'd lost everything," she
says.  "I had no more fight and no more compassion for the abuse he had gone
through."
After the breakup (the marriage was annulled in January 1991), Rose
continued to try to contact Everly for more than a year, she says, sending her
flowers, letters, and even caged birds.  Everly, who received no financial
settlement and camped with friends and family, sold her wedding ring for ash
and in 1991 rented her own condo in the San Fernando Valley.  "One day the
phone rings," she says.  "'Hello, it's Axl.' I moved the next day."
In 1992 she briefly dated Donovan Leitch, son of 60's troubadour
Donovan; she also began psychotherapy.  Ironically, Rose too began therapy
around the same time [why ironically?  She obviously f*cked him up just as
much!], admitting in interviews that he was manic-depressive.  "I'm trying to
channel my energy in more positive ways," he said in 1991, "but it doesn't
always work."
Last year, Everly began seeing actor David Arquette, 22, brother of
actresses Rosanna and Patricia [TRUE ROMANCE!].  At first Everly was so
skittish she'd flinch if Arquette moved suddenly.  "I don't know how many
times I've had to tell her, 'I'm not going to hit you,'" he says...

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...Although Arquette encouraged her "to stand up and talk about" her ordeal, it wasn't until Seymour's lawyers subpoenaed Everly to testify about her
experiences with Rose that Everly began to feel she was a victim [or jump on the "sue Axl" band wagon].  "She thought, 'It was my fault; he's not abusing Stephanie,'" recalls Taryn Portman.  "So when that case became public, that
did a lot of healing."
Rose's camp believes Everly is pressing the suit for monetary gain, but Erin, who lives in L.A. with support from family members, insists she merely wants to put the traumatic experience with Rose behind her.  And though Arquette, now her steady, contends that Everly still fears Rose [as well she should after this suit], she asserts that she no longer feels helpless.  "It's not a matter of winning or losing," she says of the suit, which her lawyer hopes will
be heard within the year.  "I would like to give (Rose) back this pain.  It doesn't have to be my burden anymore."

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Stephanie's Secret:  Axl's No Rose

Last October, five months before ex-wife Erin Everly filed her civil suit against Axl Rose, Victoria's Secret model Stephanie Seymour accused the singer of
beating her up after an ill-fated 1992 Christmas party.
Rose had fired the first shot by suing the supermodel in August 1993, claiming she had "kicked and grabbed" him during the party at the Malibu
home they shared and that she refused to return more than $100,00 worth of jewelry he'd given her as jpgts.  Countersuing, Seymour claimed it was Rose
who attacked her, giving her a black eye and bloody nose [medical records? police records? Of course not...]  Angry because she had held the party after he
had wanted to cancel it, he had slapped and punched her and kicked her down a flight of stairs [just like Steven Adler saw!], said Seymour, 25.  When other
defensive measures failed, she admitted, she "may have even ... grabbed his testicles."
Nevertheless, the couple, who had been dating since 1991 and living together for about three months, became engaged, Rose claims, the following
Feb. 4, only to break up three weeks later when Rose accused her of infidelity. Subsequently, engaged to publisher Peter Brant, 47, Seymour gave birth to
Brant's son in December.  [Ok now, three weeks after Feb 4 would be late February/early March.  Exactly nine months (normal human gestation period) after March is December.  That's some pretty quick work to get over an
engagement and have a baby with another man.  If she's that easy, I should give her a call!] If Rose hoped to take the offensive by filing first, the gambit may have backfired.  To support her case, Seymour's lawyers subpoenaed Everly, who, Seymour claimed in her countersuit, had also been "physically assaulted and
battered" by Rose.  As he had done in her case, said Seymour, Rose "justified physically injuring Everly by claiming that she physically attacked him."
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I holds no Illusions that Axl Rose is even close to being a moral hman being.  My attatchment lies within his music and his "persona" as a rock star.

Jim Morrison is notorious for his questionable treatment of women and even his own family.

Eric Clapton has openly admitted raping his wife when he was drunk during the 60's-70'.

And abuse, miss treatment, and erratic behavious is rampant in all forms of entertainment from movies stars to rock stars right up to Joe average the dentist,banker, or garbage man.

Axl's a brilliant artist/entertainer/singer/songwriter etc...

But thats the extent of it in my eyes.  It is was it is.
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Axl's a brilliant artist/entertainer/singer/songwriter etc...

But thats the extent of it in my eyes.  It is was it is.


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PTU, thanks for posting that.  Interesting article.

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I holds no Illusions that Axl Rose is even close to being a moral hman being.  My attatchment lies within his music and his "persona" as a rock star.

Jim Morrison is notorious for his questionable treatment of women and even his own family.

Eric Clapton has openly admitted raping his wife when he was drunk during the 60's-70'.

And abuse, miss treatment, and erratic behavious is rampant in all forms of entertainment from movies stars to rock stars right up to Joe average the dentist,banker, or garbage man.

Axl's a brilliant artist/entertainer/singer/songwriter etc...

But thats the extent of it in my eyes.  It is was it is.

Okay just keep that in mind If it happens to someone close to you.
I hope not.

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So if all this is so true, then why have the other live in girlfriends and non live in girlfriends not come forward with tales of abuse?  I believe that they are both just publicity hounds and money ho's. ::) but then then that would just be my opinion.

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Erin Everly and Stephanie Seymour were well known anyway, maybe they were just using this to get media attention. although one of slash's girlfriends used to live in a condo next door to axl and apparently she used to see stuff... who knows?

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blah....blah...blah, that's all she saying, all lies

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I have read a couple of things on this matter before,
and I must say I had the impression that these two women have debated a lot on what they were going to say
in court.Axl dumped Seymour and slapped her...with a restraining order,after she threw a wild party at his
place and her young,impressionable son,Dylan witnessed this whole madness.She was so hungry for wealth,that she didn't want to return the jewelry he gave her.So she figured she could
get some money out of him by suing him.To make her case stronger she called Everly to the stand.This one needed money,because,as you know,she only had financial support from her friends back then.Seymour knew every step that Axl had ever made,because,as he said,they used to talk alot about their problems,so she definetly knew a whole lot about Everly.Besides,she was the one helping Axl get over her,at least for a while.
Axl wanted to anull his marriage to Everly,so she said he used to beat her to make the judge pity her so that she would obtain a divorce,but she didn't have any proof.Where were her friends that stated four years later that he used to abuse her?Why didn't they testify?
After the million-dollar lawsuit,I wonder if she splitted the money with them.
She definetly wasn't the scared puppy full of love for Axl that she said she was,
because many people said she argued with him alot.
Even Alan Niven,Axl's ex-manager,who never liked Axl, said that"she had a way of pushing his [Axl's] buttons",
and this was long after he had been fired,so he wouldn't have gained anything by kissing up to Axl.
She said she wanted him to suffer,just like he made her suffer,but she went quietly with the money,without pressing any criminal charges so he would go to jail and think about what he's done.
They both used his words against him,and also used things that happened to other women to build up their case.
Remember Beta,she was the baby-sitter for Seymour's
kid,while she and Axl were together,and she started working for Axl,after the break-up and the suit.Would
she preffer to work for a raper,rather than a super-model?She knew what was going on between Axl and Seymour,she even went on Axl's tour with Seymour and Dylan,and she said Seymour was two-faced,while Axl
was very honest.Beth is still working for him and they get along just great.
Moby[the techno artist]said Axl brought up the paternal instinct in him for the period they worked together.He also said Axl looked like a beaten dog.Do these things fit the description of a molester?
It's sad how all of you "die-hard"Axl fans turn against
Axl whenever you hear something bad about him.
I guess you're thinking"with all the voices I've heard,something has died",well I guess
"nothing lasts forever,and we [all] know hearts can change"and in the end "nobody loves noone",so go
ahead:KILL YOUR IDOL :'(

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Very well said and I agree with you 100%. Beta knew every sordid detail of what Stephanie pulled thus her decision to stay with Axl instead of watching the destruction and chaos she created around her son at every moment.

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just the fact that  the bitch  married  another  rich  old guy, it tells me something

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They both married rich old guys  ::)