Richie Sambora is being investigated over claims he told ex-girlfriend and business partner Nikki Lund he would “dig a hole in the desert and bury her.”
Lund filed a police report on Wednesday, April 1, claiming the former Bon Jovi guitarist assaulted her and threatened to kill her.
Sambora has denied the allegations through his representative. He is currently in Bora Bora with ex-wife Heather Locklear and their daughter.
Lt. Jennifer Seetoo of the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department has confirmed that a criminal threat report was filed.
Sambora and Lund, shown together at left, founded the Nikki Rich clothing line and dated for about 10 years. They remained business partners after their romance ended.
Reportedly, their business venture has been no more successful than their romance, causing renewed tensions between them.
An unnamed source told People magazine that Sambora hit Lund in the chest during a January meeting, leaving her bruised and shaken up.
In March, Sambora pulled out of plans for the pair to open their first boutique in West Hollywood. Soon after, Lund announced on Facebook that she was now working for Nikki Lund Clothing.
According to the source, Sambora called Lund on March 19, the day after she launched her fashion collection, and was furious about her decision to create her own line, telling Lund he would “dig a hole in the desert and bury her.” The source says Lund “taped his threatening phone calls and waited until he was in Bora Bora to file a police report.”
Sambora’s representative says Richie did have a phone call with Lund, during which he said he was pulling out of their business after losing $4 million on it. But the rep told TMZ that Sambora remained calm and never threatened Lund. Rather, the rep says, Lund attacked Sambora because he had skipped out on an L.A. fashion show event for the line.
The rep further states that Sambora offered to pay all of Nikki Rich’s employee three months of severance pay.
Sambora’s representative said, “This is a cluster of fabricated lies in retaliation for Mr. Sambora’s decision to cease further funding of the unprofitable partnership, plain and simple.”
There is no word yet on when Sambora will be back in the U.S. and answer the charges.
Sambora parted ways with Bon Jovi in 2013. His most recent solo album is 2012’s Aftermath of the Lowdown.