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Axl Rose files to dismiss sexual assault lawsuit

Axl Rose has filed a motion to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit against him.

The Guns N' Roses rocker was sued in November by model Sheila Kennedy, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a New York City hotel room in 1989.

Rose's legal team have now submitted court documents in an effort to get her case thrown out.

"Kennedy cannot and will not succeed in this unscrupulous attempt at a financial windfall. This lawsuit will lay bare the falsity of these vexatious and meritless allegations," their filing reads, according to People.

In the documents, the 62-year-old's lawyers pointed out that Kennedy described the alleged incident as "consensual sex" in her 2016 memoir No One's Pet. They also argued that she said she "did not consider it rape. It was consensual" in the 2021 documentary Look Away.

They claimed that the former Penthouse pin-up realised she "could profit from claiming that the incident had not in fact been consensual" via New York's Adult Survivors Act, a one-year window that extended the statute of limitations for allegations of sexual misconduct.

In her lawsuit, Kennedy, now 61, claimed Rose "violently" sexually assaulted her in his hotel suite after meeting in a nightclub.

His lawyer denied the allegation back in November.

"Simply put, this incident never happened. Notably, these fictional claims were filed the day before the New York State filing deadline expires," attorney Alan S. Gutman said. "Mr. Rose is confident this case will be resolved in his favour."

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