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SHORT TAKES : Axl Rose Urges a Test of Truth

November 27, 1990|From Times Wire Services

Singer Axl Rose today challenged a West Hollywood neighbor he allegedly hit with an empty wine bottle to take a lie detector test about the incident.

Prosecutors are expected to decide Thursday whether to try Rose, the lead singer of the rock 'n' roll band Guns 'N Roses, on felony charges stemming from the Oct. 30 incident.

In a statement released today by Geffen Records, Rose's record label, the singer said he passed a polygraph test when telling his version of his confrontation with Gabriela Kantor, 37, and that "my truth rating was so high there wasn't room for doubt."

Now Rose is offering Kantor, whom he describes as an obsessed fan, the chance to take a similar test at his expense.

Rose was arrested and jailed for four hours before posting $5,000 bail after Kantor told sheriff's deputies he confronted her outside his condominium.

Kantor said she knocked on Rose's door and when he came out "he was in one of those crazy moods and he attacked me." She alleged Rose threw her keys off a 12th-floor balcony, grabbed a wine bottle from her, emptied it and then struck her with it.

Rose, 28, denies the allegations.

"I never touched her with a wine bottle or anything else," Rose said. "I only asked her to stop making so much noise in the hallway because my wife had been ill and was sleeping. Kantor was banging incessantly and hysterically on my door--which still has the marks to prove it--and threatened me!"

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