Andy Geller of The New York Post reports that former KISS manager Jesse Hilsen was exposed Wednesday (June 23) as a $2 million deadbeat dad — New York City's worst.
Hilsen, 64, once a top East Side shrink, was busted in the Catskills Saturday night after 10 years on the run, the feds said.
Hilsen, who used 10 aliases while hiding out in three countries, was arraigned in White Plains Monday on charges of violating a new federal law against evading court-ordered child support. He was held without bail.
Hilsen raked in $300,000 to $500,000 annually in the four years he managed KISS, but has filed for bankruptcy and refused to pay alimony of $950 a month to his ex-wife, Rita, 62, the mother of his three children.
Rita lost her East Side apartment in the bankruptcy proceeding and has lived in an 8-by-12-foot room in a shelter for the last eight years.
"He complied with nothing. He laughed in the judges' faces," the angry ex told The Post. "His own children were on welfare and food stamps. We didn't have food. We had to go to food pantries." Read more.
KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were served subpoenas by a private investigator last September before their performance at Chicago's Tweeter Center in connection with the case.
The purpose of the subpoenas was to determine what, if any, financial ties exist between Hilsen and the band, as well as whether any band members have been in touch with him since he became a fugitive. Hilsen had been guitarist Stanley's psychiatrist for several years before becoming the band's business manager. He and the band split in 1992.