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Steven Tyler sued for alleged sexual assault on teen in 1970s

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Steven Tyler was sued, along with several other defendants, for the alleged sexual assault and sexual assault of a woman who says she met the Aerosmith frontman in 1973, when she was 16 and he was 25.

Tyler is not named in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, but is identified as “Doe 1” among the 50 “Doe” defendants listed by plaintiff Julia Misley. She identified him, however, as the subject of the lawsuit in a statement provided Friday by her lawyers.

Misley’s case comes courtesy of a 2019 California law that provides a three-year window for reactivating claims that may be subject to statutes of limitations. That window, which has seen a flurry of lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse by institutions such as the Catholic Church and LA County juvenile halls, closes later this year.

The lawsuit alleges that Misley – whose maiden name was Holcomb – met Tyler after a concert in Portland, Ore., in 1973, when associates of the singer invited her backstage. Tyler took the teen and another person to his hotel room after the show, then had the third individual leave so they could be alone, the lawsuit says. The document alleges that Tyler asked how old she was and then “asked where Plaintiff’s parents were and why she spent all night alone,” prompting the girl to describe problems at home.

According to the filing, Tyler “performed various acts of criminal sexual conduct against Plaintiff that night,” then sent her home in a cab in the morning – but not before inviting her to an upcoming Aerosmith concert in Seattle and offering up to buy her a round. -airplane ticket.

The two had sex again in Seattle, the lawsuit says, and Tyler allegedly harassed her through frequent phone calls and saying he had written a song about her. After the teen finished her sophomore year of high school, Tyler reportedly convinced her to come to his apartment in Boston and, weeks later, told her that he didn’t want her to move back to Portland, but that he wanted her on the road with him. He “persuaded plaintiff to believe it was a ‘romantic love affair,'” the lawsuit says.

In 1974, Tyler became the teen’s guardian after making “various promises and encouragements” to her mother, the lawsuit says. The singer allegedly promised to support her, enroll her in school and provide her with medical care, but “did not significantly fulfill those promises and instead continued to travel, assault and supply alcohol and drugs” to her, the lawsuit says. .

The following year, she allegedly became pregnant with Tyler’s child. The lawsuit says he prevented her from seeking prenatal care and finally convinced her to have an abortion in the fall of 1975.

After the miscarriage, the teen “returned to Portland and over the years has rebuilt her life, obtained a GED, attended college and become active in her Christian faith. She met her husband, married and raised a family, mending her soul through faith and family,” the lawsuit reads.

Representatives for Tyler did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment on Friday.

Misley kept her story private until 2011, when Tyler published a memoir, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” Her name – spelled Julia Halcomb – was included in the book’s acknowledgments.

The lawsuit says the singer confessed to his alleged crimes when he wrote: “She was 16, knew how to be nasty… love with her. … She was my heart’s desire, my partner in crimes of passion. … I was so in love that I almost got a teenage bride. I went and slept at her parents’ house for a few nights and her parents fell in love with me, they signed the paper so I would 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 supermarket tabloids and elsewhere, was compelled to “apologize and reveal to her husband, children, family and friends what she never would have done” if Tyler hadn’t written about her.

Attorney Mike Reck of Jeff Anderson & Associates PA is seeking unspecified damages for his client, to be determined in a jury trial. In addition to sexual assault and sexual assault, the case alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“As I know I am not the only one who has been abused in the music industry, I feel it is time to take a stand and take this action, speak up and stand in solidarity with other survivors,” Misley, now 65, said in her testimony.

“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.”