Steven Tyler is being sued by a woman who alleges that the Aerosmith frontman sexually assaulted and sexually battered her when she was a minor in the 1970s, Rolling Stone reports. The lawsuit, as Rolling Stone notes, could be filed due to California’s Child Victims Act, which temporarily lifted the statute of limitations for alleged survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file complaints.
According to the report, the plaintiff, Julia Holcomb, alleges that she met Tyler in 1973 when she was 16 years old and he was 25. The two apparently had a relationship that lasted three years, and Holcomb now reportedly alleges that she “was powerless to resist” the singer’s “power, fame, and substantial financial ability,” and that he “coerced and persuaded Plaintiff into believing this was a ‘romantic love affair.’”
In addition to sexual assault and sexual battery, Holcomb is reportedly suing Tyler for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Steven Tyler is not specifically named in the lawsuit, according to the report, but contemporaneous details align with the singer being the complaint’s defendant. For example, Julia Holcomb is named in Rolling Stone’s 1976 profile of Aerosmith, with journalist Ed McCormack writing, “Well—Julia Holcomb is always nearby, trailing in her wistfully towering way off his arm like a scarf—but Steven Tyler is wedded to his career and image 24 hours a day.” In addition, Tyler apparently wrote about a relationship with an underage girl in his 2011 memoir.
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Steven Tyler for comment and more information.
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