Steven Tyler Denies Sexually Assaulting A Minor In The 70s And Her Attorney Hit Back At Him

April 6, 2023 / Posted by:

In December, a woman named Julia Misley filed a lawsuit against Steven Tyler, alleging that he sexually abused her in the 1970s when she was barely 16 and he was 25. Julia said that she hoped her lawsuit will “expose an industry that protects celebrity offenders.”  Steven filed a response last week refuting her claims by, get this, saying he did nothing wrong, that she consented to their relationship, and that he has immunity since he was her legal guardian at the time. What in the the mental gymnastics??

Julia Misley, who used to be known as Julia Holcomb, claimed in her lawsuit that she met Steven in 1973 at an Aerosmith show in Portland, Oregon. She says that  Steven gave her drugs and booze and eventually convinced her mom to sign over guardianship to him. Julia alleged that Steven told her mom, who was struggling and in a bad way at the time, that he wanted to “care” for her without getting into trouble with the law. Julia got pregnant with Steven’s child at 17, and he threatened to cut her off financially if she didn’t have an abortion. After she did what he said, she left him and went back to Portland. When California temporarily lifted its statute of limitations for cases of sexual abuse involving minors, Julia filed a lawsuit against Steven.

In Steven’s response, he surprisingly didn’t say, “So what? It was the 70s! We all had underage girlfriends!” But instead, he said that the lawsuit should be dismissed since he had immunity as her legal guardian. via Rolling Stone:

Tyler, represented by attorney Shawn Holley, issued 24 affirmative defenses denying all the allegations. Among those defenses, Tyler alleged that Misley’s “claims are barred in whole or in part by Plaintiff’s consent” and “because of immunity or qualified immunity to Defendant as caregiver and/or guardian.”

Tyler also alleged that Misley “has not suffered any injury or damage as a result of any action by Defendant,” further stating that “if it is determined that Plaintiff has been damaged, then any such damages were not caused by Defendant.” Tyler claimed the alleged conduct — presumably writing about the experience in his memoirs — is protected under the first amendment. Tyler also said that the allegations are barred due to the statute of limitations on claims, but Misley filed the suit during a look-back window from California’s Child Victims Act, a piece of 2019 legislation that allowed for survivors of childhood sexual assault to come forward with their allegations regardless of the statute of limitations. That window closed on December 31, 2022, days after Misley first filed the suit.

The story of Steven adopting Julia was actually recalled in his memoir Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? which is basically the smoking gun Julia’s attorneys have been using as a reference for this case. According to Pitchfork, Julia’s attorney hit back at Steven’s response:

Following Tyler’s denial, Misley’s attorneys issued a statement calling Tyler’s behavior “astonishing, galling, and arrogant,” and saying that the singer is “gaslighting” their client. “Tyler’s statement is more than a weak attempt to shift blame—it is a real and dangerous public safety threat to any vulnerable child who is currently in any kind of legal guardianship,” they wrote. “Assuming care for a child—whether that child is 16 months or 16 years—does not and has never implied any type of consent to sexually abuse that child. To say any different is morally and legally repugnant.”

I will say that statement was a missed opportunity for Julia’s lawyer to make an Aerosmith pun. “If Steven thinks he can get away with what he did to a minor on the ‘technicality’ that she consented to their relationship, then he can DREAM ON!”

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