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Steven Tyler accuser Julia Holcomb opens up about childhood sexual assault allegations

Steven Tyler accuser Julia Holcomb, who now goes by Julia Misley, has addressed her allegations that the Aerosmith frontman sexually assaulted her when she was 16 in 1973.

The 65-year-old has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault, sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to court documents obtained by Rolling Stone in a report published on Thursday.

In a statement obtained by Fox News Digital, Holcomb, represented by Los Angeles attorney Jeff Anderson, explained that she was taking legal action under California legislation that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their aggressors.

“My name is Julia Misley, formerly Julia Holcomb. I am making this statement because, at the age of 65, I have discovered that through a recent change in law, I have a new opportunity to take legal action against those who abused me in my youth. “, Misley said in her statement.

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Steven Tyler accuser Julia Holcomb is speaking out about allegations of childhood sexual assault.

Steven Tyler accuser Julia Holcomb is speaking out about allegations of childhood sexual assault.
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“I want this action to expose an industry that protects famous criminals, to clean up and hold accountable an industry that has exploited and allowed me to be exploited for years, along with so many other naive and vulnerable children and adults.

“As I know I’m not the only one who has suffered abuse in the music industry, I feel it’s time to take a stand and take this action, speak up and stand in solidarity with the other survivors.

“I hope that through this action we can make the music industry safer, expose the predators in it, and expose the forces in the industry that have enabled and created a culture of permissiveness and self-protection of themselves and the offending celebrities among them,” he added. Holcomb.

Holcomb accuses Tyler

Holcomb alleges that Tyler “retraumatized” her and her family for “profit and more fame”.
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“The complaint that was prepared by my legal team recounts in legal terms the trajectory of my life from early struggles to exploitation by Steven Tyler, the music industry, my escape from that world, my recovery and transformation, my restoration of spirit through faith, building a family and rebuilding my life.

“The complaint also recounts how Tyler, for profit and more fame, traumatized me and my family. I am grateful for this new opportunity to act and be heard.

“My own recovery came through my Catholic faith. For years I have watched Jeff Anderson and his company make a difference in creating a safer place in the Roman Catholic Church and faith communities across the country.

Steven Tyler accuser Julia Holcomb claims the musician exploited her when she was a teenager.

Steven Tyler accuser Julia Holcomb claims the musician exploited her when she was a teenager.
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“I could see how things within the church have improved because of these legal efforts. I recently learned that the law in California has opened a window of opportunity for me and other survivors to take action and have our voices heard in a way we haven’t before, and that led me to Jeff Anderson and his team.

“I believe that together we can make a difference, my voice can be heard and become part of cleaning up an industry that needs to be exposed and held accountable.

“I am publicly releasing this statement with the intention of not making further statements or interviews,” concluded Holcomb.

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According to the Rolling Stone report, Holcomb alleged in the lawsuit that Tyler convinced his mother to make him her legal guardian when she was 16, allowing her to live with the rocker and have sex with him. Holcomb claimed they were in a three-year relationship that started in 1976.

The lawsuit did not name Tyler and was filed against 50 unnamed defendants. However, Holcomb has spoken publicly about her relationship with Tyler, including during a 2020 appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”.

The suit also includes direct quotes from Tyler’s 2012 memoir “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” in which he wrote that he “almost took a teenage bride”, although he did not mention the teenage girl’s name.

According to the lawsuit, Tyler convinced Holcomb's mother to allow him to become her legal guardian when she was 16.

According to the lawsuit, Tyler convinced Holcomb’s mother to allow him to become her legal guardian when she was 16.
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He also wrote that “Her parents fell in love with me, signed a paper that I had custody so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state. I took her on tour with me.”

In the lawsuit, Holcomb alleged that he met Tyler at a 1973 Aerosmith concert in Portland, Oregon, shortly after his 16th birthday. The four-time Grammy Award nominee was 25 at the time. According to Rolling Stone, the lawsuit stated that Tyler took Holcomb back to his hotel room, where they discussed his age and troubled home life. She alleged that he “performed various acts of criminal sexual conduct on” her and then sent her home in a taxi the next morning.

Holcomb said that she “was powerless to resist” the musician’s “power, fame and substantial financial capacity”. According to the lawsuit, Tyler “coerced and persuaded the author to believe that this was a ‘romantic love affair'”.

Holcomb also alleged that Tyler flew her across state lines to his next concert in Seattle, after which he performed more sexual acts on her. In the suit, Holcomb alleged that, in 1974, Tyler persuaded his mother to grant him custody of her, on condition that he enrolled her in school and provided her with medical care.

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However, the suit stated that Tyler “failed to significantly fulfill those promises and instead continued to travel, assault, and supply the Plaintiff with alcohol and drugs.”

Holcomb claimed that she became pregnant with Tyler’s child in 1975, but he convinced her to have an abortion. He allegedly told her that she should terminate the pregnancy because smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen from a recent apartment fire could have harmed the baby. According to the lawsuit obtained by Rolling Stone, a medical professional told Holcomb that the smoke inhalation did not harm the fetus.

Holcomb stated that she was reluctant to have the abortion, but claimed that Tyler told her that he would not continue to support her unless she terminated the pregnancy.

She claimed that she left Tyler after the miscarriage. Holcomb claimed that she returned to Portland, became a devout Catholic, and got married.

Although she stated that she had put the relationship behind her, she claimed that publishing Tyler’s memoir without her consent brought “unwitting infamy”. She also objected to framing the alleged abuse as a “romantic, loving relationship”.

The “Dream On” singer described having a relationship with a teenage girl in his memoir and Aerosmith’s 1997 autobiography, “Walk This Way.” Although Tyler made reference to the apartment fire and miscarriage in the autobiography, he identified the underage girl as a 14-year-old girl named Diana.

Holcomb claimed he met Tyler at an Aerosmith concert after his 16th birthday.

Holcomb claimed he met Tyler at an Aerosmith concert after his 16th birthday.
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Tyler wrote about the apartment fire in his memoirs, but made no reference to the miscarriage.

In addition to her appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, Rolling Stone reported that she has spoken out about the allegations on the LifeSiteNews website and in the 2021 documentary “Look Away”.

During her interview with Carlson, Holcomb, who is an anti-abortion activist, shared that she met Tyler when she was 16 and later became pregnant.

“I remember going up to him and telling him I was expecting a baby, and he assured me everything was going to be fine,” Holcomb said. “That we would get married. And, you know, don’t worry, that he would take care of me.

“I asked to see a doctor and set up a prenatal appointment, and he refused. He said, ‘No, you can’t go to the doctor. They’d ask how old you are and how you got pregnant and who the father is. So, you know, you can’t – you can’t go to the doctor.'”

Holcomb added that Tyler later told her he wanted her to have an abortion and made an appointment through his lawyers.

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“This was pretty soon after Roe v. Wade was decided, so there weren’t a lot of miscarriages, and I was pretty early on because I thought I was going to be able to keep my baby,” she said. “I was at least five months pregnant, but I’m not sure because I wasn’t allowed to see a doctor.”

Holcomb said that Tyler insisted that she have the abortion even though she “begged” to keep the baby.

Holcomb filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault, sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to court documents obtained by Rolling Stone in a report published on Thursday.

Holcomb filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault, sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to court documents obtained by Rolling Stone in a report published on Thursday.
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“It came down to having the abortion or hitting the streets,” she said.

Holcomb told Carlson that she felt helpless because she had dropped out of high school to be with Tyler, had never been taught how to drive, and had no resources.

“I was completely dependent on Steven in every way. So I was terrified. I just gave in in fear.”

She said she suffered a “horrible late-onset saline miscarriage” that traumatized her, adding that it took her years to recover from the experience.

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Later in the interview, Holcomb said that he believed Tyler had regrets after the alleged miscarriage.

“Steven experienced regret after going through the ordeal of my abortion. He wrote in his book, his reaction was, ‘Jesus. What did I do?” she said.

“And certainly, that’s an illustration of how traumatic it was even for Steven, and he’s not exactly a sensitive, warm-hearted person. He’s a heavy metal rocker, and that was his reaction.”

Tyler did not respond to Fox News Digital’s immediate request for comment by the time of publication.

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