LITA FORD Details Alleged Abusive Relationship With TONY IOMMI In Her Memoir
February 15, 2016
In her new memoir, "Lita Ford - Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir", the former lead guitarist of THE RUNAWAYS opens up about her wild life on the '80s music scene — including dalliances with Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Van Halen and BLACK SABBATH guitar legend Tony Iommi.
According to the New York Post, Ford writes about her lengthy allegedly abusive relationship with Iommi, which started after she got to open for BLACK SABBATH. "He seemed so charming, confident and handsome," she writes. "I would later find out that looks are deceiving."
Ford's relationship with Iommi allegedly began with a failed attempt at sex as he was "too high" on cocaine. "He was impotent from his constant drug use, and he was very embarrassed. I felt bad for him and didn't really know what to do. Eventually, I got him off," she explains in the book.
As the relationship progressed, Iommi invited Ford to England to meet his "mum." On the flight there, she writes, Iommi "out of nowhere… hauled off and punched me in the eye."
Although she planned to fly right back to Los Angeles when they landed, she decided to stay, she writes, "like a moron," after Iommi acted like nothing had happened.
Ford claims she later learned that domestic violence ran in Iommi's family, alleging that Tony's father also engaged in abusive behavior.
Lita claims that Iommi physically abused her four or five times during their relationship and describes one particularly scary episode that occurred shortly after the couple got engaged.
"After snorting tons of blow, he got angry and choked me unconscious," she writes. "When I woke up, I saw him holding a chair above my head. It was a big, heavy leather chair with studs around the arms, and he was about to smash it over my face. I rolled over, and luckily I moved fast enough that he missed me and the chair smashed into the ground."
Ford eventually broke up with Iommi, who, she claims, went on to hire her band to work with him instead behind her back.
"Lita Ford - Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir" will be released on February 23 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books),an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).