Steven Tyler has been sued, together with numerous different defendants, for the alleged sexual assault and sexual battery of a lady who says she met the Aerosmith singer in 1973, when she was 16 and he was 25.
Tyler will not be named within the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court docket however reasonably is recognized as “Doe 1” amongst 50 “Doe” defendants listed by plaintiff Julia Misley. She recognized him, nonetheless, as the topic of the lawsuit in an announcement offered Friday by her attorneys.
Misley’s case comes courtesy of a 2019 California regulation that gives a three-year window for the revival of claims that will have been topic to statutes of limitations. That window, which has seen a flood of lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse by establishments together with the Catholic Church and L.A. County juvenile halls, closes on the finish of this yr.
The lawsuit alleges Misley — whose maiden identify was Holcomb — met Tyler after a live performance in Portland, Ore., in 1973, when associates of the singer invited her backstage. Tyler took the teenager and one other particular person to his resort room after the present, then had the third particular person go away in order that they could possibly be alone, the lawsuit says. The doc alleges that Tyler requested how previous she was after which “inquired where Plaintiff’s parents were and why she was out all night by herself,” prompting the lady to explain issues at residence.
In response to the doc, Tyler “performed various acts of criminal sexual conduct upon Plaintiff that night,” then despatched her residence in a taxi within the morning — however not earlier than inviting her to an upcoming Aerosmith live performance in Seattle and providing to purchase her a round-trip airplane ticket.
The 2 had sexual relations once more in Seattle, the lawsuit says, and Tyler allegedly pursued her by way of frequent cellphone calls and by telling her he had written a tune about her. After the teenager completed her sophomore yr in highschool, Tyler allegedly talked her into coming to his house in Boston and weeks later advised her he didn’t need her to return to Portland however reasonably wished her out on the street with him. He “persuaded Plaintiff into believing this was a ‘romantic love affair,’” the lawsuit says.
In 1974, Tyler grew to become the teenager’s guardian after making “various promises and inducements” to her mom, the lawsuit says. The singer allegedly promised to help her, enroll her in class and supply her with medical care however “did not meaningfully follow through on these promises and instead continued to travel with, assault and provide alcohol and drugs to” her, the go well with says.
The following yr she allegedly grew to become pregnant with Tyler’s youngster. The lawsuit says he prevented her from in search of prenatal care and finally persuaded her to get an abortion in fall 1975.
After the abortion, the teenager “returned to Portland and over the years rebuilt her life, obtained a GED, attended college, and became active in her Christian faith. She met her husband, became married and started a family, repairing her soul through faith and family,” the lawsuit says.
Representatives for Tyler didn’t reply instantly on Friday to The Instances’ request for remark.
Misley saved her story personal till 2011, when Tyler revealed a memoir, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” Her identify — spelled Julia Halcomb — was included within the ebook’s acknowledgments.
The lawsuit says the singer confessed to his alleged crimes when he wrote, “She was 16, she knew how to nasty … with my bad self being twenty-six and she barely old enough to drive and sexy as hell, I just fell madly in love with her. … She was my heart’s desire, my partner in crimes of passion. … I was so in love I almost took a teen bride. I went and slept at her parent’s house for a couple of nights and her parent’s fell in love with me, signed paper over for me to have custody, so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state. I took her on tour with me.”
Misley, whose story was then retold in grocery store tabloids and elsewhere, was required “to make apologies and disclosures to her husband, children, family, and friends, that she never would have” if Tyler hadn’t written about her.
Legal professional Mike Reck of Jeff Anderson & Associates PA is in search of unspecified damages for his consumer, to be decided at a jury trial. Along with sexual assault and sexual battery, the case alleges intentional infliction of emotional misery.
“Because I know that I am not the only one who suffered abuse in the music industry, I feel it is time for me to take this stand and bring this action, to speak up and stand in solidarity with the other survivors,” Misley, now 65, mentioned in her assertion.
“I hope that from this action, we can make the music industry safer, expose the predators in it, and expose those forces in the industry that have both enabled and created a culture of permissiveness and self-protection of themselves and the celebrity offenders among them.”