A woman who previously said Steven Tyler had illicit sex with her as a teenager is now suing the Aerosmith gang leader for sexual assault, rape and intentionally causing her emotional distress.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday by Julia Misley under a 2019 California law that gave adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse the right to file lawsuits for cases that occurred decades ago. The last date for filing such complaints is Saturday.
Missley, 65, formerly known as Julia Holcomb, said in a statement that she wanted to “take a new opportunity to pursue legal action against those who abused me in my youth.” The Associated Press does not name sexual assault victims until they publicly identify themselves.
Although Tyler is not named in the lawsuit, Misley identified him by name in a statement released through the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates. He has also described his experiences with Tyler in previous interviews, and Tyler has discussed a relationship with the teenager in two books published in 2011 and 1997. His autobiography “Does the Noise in My Head Birth You?” (“Does the noise in my brain bother me?”) Thanks to “Julia Holcomb”, which Misley says is a reference to her.
Representatives for Tyler did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. The Rolling Stones were the first to report on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that over a period of three years, Tyler “took advantage of his role, position and power as a well-known rock star and musician, with access to bondage, manipulation, exploitation and sexual assault”. The lawsuit states that some of the abuse occurred in Los Angeles County. As a result, he has suffered severe emotional as well as financial loss.
The complaint alleges that Misselli met Tyler in 1973 at one of his shows in Portland, Oregon, and was invited to Tyler’s hotel room, where she said she was 16 years old. Tyler would then be 25 or 26 years old. It states that the singer committed “various acts of criminal sexual conduct” against Missley.