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Lou Reed a 'Monster' Who Beat Women, Says Bio of Late Rocker

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Lou Reed, late frontman of The Velvet Underground, was a "monster" who physically abused women, used racist and anti-Semitic slurs, and was an all-around horrible person, a new biography alleges.

"I loved his music, but you have to go where the story goes," Howard Sounes, who recently interviewed 140 of Reed's school friends, bandmates, girlfriends, and family members, told The Daily Beast. "The obituaries were a bit too kind, he was really a very unpleasant man. A monster really; I think truly the word monster is applicable."

In the new biography, "Notes From The Velvet Underground," Bettye Kronstad, who married Reed in 1973, is quoted as saying that Reed beat her.

"He would, like, pin you up against a wall," she said. "Tussle you. Hit you… shake you… And then one time he actually gave me a black eye."

Allan Hyman, a school friend of Reed's, said that Reed once struck a girlfriend at the dinner table.

"She would say something. He’d get pissed off at what she said and smash her around the back of the head. [My wife said,] 'Lou, if you continue to hit her, you have to leave.' And then he smacks her in the back of the head. So she said, 'Get out!'"

The unauthorized biography also alleges that Reed resented David Bowie, who produced his most famous album, "Transformer," which featured the hit singles "Walk on the Wild Side," "Satellite of Love," and "Vicious."

"Lou Reed obviously had a very ambivalent relationship with David Bowie, David Bowie really rescued his career, 'Transformer' is what it is because of David Bowie," said Sounes. "He obviously resented the part that Bowie had played in his career. And that he was a much bigger star, and I think perhaps, Lou Reed fancying him a little bit at the start."

Bunny, Reed's sister, also criticized him, saying he attacked her family in the song "Kill Your Sons," calling her husband a fat man with no brain.

"You wipe out my lifestyle and my husband in four phrases?" Bunny said she once told her brother.

"Ah, I needed something to rhyme with train. So I had to take poetic license," he allegedly responded.

Elsewhere, Reed reportedly once told a journalist, "I don’t like n----rs like Donna Summer," and called Bob Dylan a "pretentious kike."

"The word that kept coming up was prick," said Sounes. "Girlfriends called him a prick, people he was at school with called him a prick; people in his band called him a prick."

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