Steven Tyler is facing a lawsuit filed by an individual who claims that the Aerosmith rocker was involved in sexual relations with her in the 1970s, when she was just16.
It is believed that the California lawsuit, first published in Rolling Stone magazine, is benefiting from an interim state law that allows the statute of limitation for child sexual abuse claims.
The plaintiff Julia Misley — formerly known as Julia Holcomb — has claimed that Tyler convinced her mother to give him guardianship of her at the age of 16 years old. This resulted in her moving in with him and having sexual relations. The plaintiff claims that they were in a relationship from 1973 to three years after.
While the suit does not contain Steven Tyler by name, Misely made reference to him by name in a statement later released by her lawyers.
“I want this action to expose an industry that protects celebrity offenders, to cleanse and hold accountable an industry that both exploited and allowed me to be exploited for years, along with so many other naive and vulnerable kids and adults,” Misely stated.
She also added:
“The complaint written with my lawyers outlines legally-based the course of my life starting from my beginning struggles, to being exploited through Steven Tyler, the music industry and my escape from that world as well as my transformation through faith, my rebirth of my spirit by faith and the creation of a family, and my re-building of my life. The complaint also outlines the ways in which Tyler, to make money and fame, traumatized myself and our family. I am thankful for this chance to speak up and get heard.”
Misley claimed that the reason she recovered was in part due to her Catholic faith.
Legal counsel is making use the benefits of California Assembly Bill 218, which temporarily halted the statute of limitations on child sexual assault claims. The law, approved in the year 2019, has opened an opportunity for victims to be protected for three years and will run out at the conclusion of the year.