Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor in the 70s in a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed following California legislation that temporarily waived statutes of limitations for childhood sexual abuse allegations. Julia Holcomb accuses Tyler of sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Holcomb is alleging that Tyler convinced her mother to grant him guardianship over her when she was 16 years old, which allowed him to sexually abuse her from about 1973 to 1976, according to a Rolling Stone report.
The suit itself doesn’t name Tyler, naming the defendants as Defendant Doe 1 and Does 2 through 50.
However, Holcomb has been public about her experience with Tyler in the past, and the lawsuit directly quotes from Tyler’s own memoir.
In his book, without stating a name, Tyler similarly says he “almost took a teen bride” and that “her parents fell in love with me, signed a paper over for me to have custody, so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state. I took her on tour with me.”
“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 naïve and vulnerable kids and adults,” Holcomb said in a statement regarding her suit.
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