LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who previously said Steven Tyler had an illicit sexual relationship with her when she was a teenager is now suing the Aerosmith frontman for sexual assault, sexual assault and deliberately causing emotional distress.
The lawsuit, filed by Julia Misley, was filed Tuesday under 2019 California law, which gives adult victims of childhood sexual abuse a three-year window to file decades of assault cases. Saturday is the deadline for making such claims.
Misley, 65, formerly known as Julia Holcomb, said she wanted “a new opportunity to take legal action against those who abused me as a teenager.” The Associated Press does not name victims of sexual assault unless they publicly identify themselves.
While the lawsuit did not name Tyler, Misley identified him by name in a statement released through law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates. He also talked about his experiences with Tyler in previous interviews, and Tyler discussed his relationship with a young girl in two books published in 2011 and 1997, She. “Is the Noise in My Head Disturbing You?” Thanks to a “Julia Halcomb” that Misley said she was referring to.
Tyler’s representatives did not immediately return requests for comment on Friday.
The lawsuit alleges that over a three-year period, Tyler “used his role, status, and power as a prominent musician and rock star to gain access to, groom, manipulate, abuse, sexually abuse Misley.” The lawsuit said some of the abuse occurred in Los Angeles County. The lawsuit said, as a result, she suffered serious emotional injuries as well as economic losses.
The lawsuit says that Misley met Tyler at one of his shows in Portland, Oregon in 1973, and was later invited to Tyler’s hotel room and told him he was 16. Tyler would have been 25 or 26 at the time. She says she was involved in “various acts of criminal sexual conduct” against Misley.
According to the lawsuit, he engaged in sexual acts with her after several other shows and became his legal guardian in 1974 so he could travel to her with the shows.
The lawsuit alleged that Misley became pregnant as a result of having sex with Tyler in 1975 and then forcing her to have an abortion.
The lawsuit alleges that Tyler did more harm to Misley by publishing his memoirs containing details of their relationship without his knowledge or consent. The case, doing so exposed Misley to public attention and scrutiny, which re-traumatized her and made it difficult for her to recover.
In Tyler’s 2011 memoirs, he mentions meeting an unnamed 16-year-old “girlfriend.” She nearly “got a young bride” and had her parents sign custody so she wouldn’t be arrested when she toured with him out of state, she wrote.
“By incorporating the Claimant’s name into the acceptance documents, it has left readers and the public in no doubt as to the Plaintiff’s identity.” publication of the book.
In Aerosmith’s 1997 “autobiography”, “Walk This Way,” in oral history format, many also talk about Tyler’s relationship with a young girl. The child is nicknamed “Diana Hall” and is identified as pregnant at one point. Tyler said he was considering marrying her, referring to abortion and describing it as “a difficult situation anywhere.”
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of monetary compensation.