Steven Tyler has denied the assault and misconduct allegations against him in the case filed in December by Julia Misley, formerly Julia Holocomb.
Tyler has asked for the case to be dismissed with “prejudice and in its entirety.”
Misley is accusing the Aerosmith frontman of s*xual assault and battery dating back to the 1970s. She claims that Tyler persuaded her mother to appoint him guardianship over her when she was 16 years old so that he could legally date her and take her on tour with her. They then became involved in a s*xual relationship with each other and stayed together for three years.
The case also claims that Tyler convinced Misley of getting an abortion when she was 17 and pregnant with his child.
The allegations are also indirectly confirmed within his memoir, where Tyler kept her identity anonymous by naming her Diana, and wrote that he “almost took a teen bride” while her parents “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.”
The lawsuit says that Tyler “coerced and persuaded Plaintiff into believing this was a ‘romantic love affair.’”
Tyler has spent the past 40 years continually hurting, shaming, profiting from, and retraumatizing this courageous survivor.”
Misley’s case was filed in time with the recent statute of limitations reform that was passed in 2019 under the Child Victims Act in California.
“I feel it is time for me to take this stand and bring this action, to speak up and stand in solidarity with the other survivors,” she said at the time of filing her lawsuit, adding that her intentions in taking legal action was to speak out on “an industry that protects celebrity offenders.”