Rock legend Lou Reed — a monster of a man who abused women and hurled racial slurs, according to new book BY Rich Schapiro NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 11:40 PM A A A Share this URL Previous Next Enlarge Rock legend Lou Reed was a monster of a man who abused women, frequently hurled racial slurs and once described Bob Dylan as a “pretentious k---,” according to a new book. The damning portrait emerged after author Howard Sounes interviewed more than 140 of Reed’s friends, bandmates, girlfriends and relatives following his 2013 death. “I loved his music, but you have to go where the story goes,” Sounes 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.” Sounes’ book, “Notes from the Velvet Underground,” is filled with accounts of Reed getting physical with his girlfriends and wives. Bettye Kronstad, who married Reed in 1973, said he treated her as his personal punching bag. “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.” “She would say something. He’d get pissed off at what she said and smash her around the back of the head,” Hyman is quoted saying in the book. “[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!’” Paul Morrissey, who was close with Reed during his Velvet Underground years, didn’t mince words when asked to describe the “Walk on the Wild Side” singer. “You need a good title like The Hateful Bitch [OR] The Worst Person Who Ever Lived,” Morrissey said. “Something that says this isn’t a biography of a great human being, because he was not… He was a stupid, disgusting, awful human being.