Woman Sues Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Alleging Sexual Abuse of Children in the 1970s

American rock star Steven Tyler, lead singer of the group Aerosmith, poses upon arrival at the spring-summer 2015 men’s show Emporio Armani, part of Milan Fashion Week, presented in Milan, Italy, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A woman who previously said Steven Tyler had illicit sexual relations with her as a teenager is now suing the Aerosmith frontman for sexual assault , sexual assault  and intentional emotional suffering.

The lawsuit filed by Julia Misley was filed Tuesday under a California law of 2019 that gives adult victims of child sexual assault a three-year window to file lawsuits for decades-old assault cases. Saturday is the deadline to file the claim.

Misley, 65, formerly known as Julia Holcomb, said in a statement that she wanted to take “a new opportunity to take legal action against those who abused me in my youth.” The Associated Press does not name victims of sexual assault unless they identify themselves publicly.

While the lawsuit did not name Tyler, Misley identified his name in the statement, which was issued through the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates. He also recounted his experience with Tyler in a previous interview, and Tyler discussed a relationship with a teenage girl in two books, published in 2011 and 1997. The confessional part of her memoir “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?” thanks to “Julia Halcomb,” which Misley says is a reference to her.

Tyler’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

The lawsuit alleges that Tyler “used his role, status and power as a well-known musician and rock star to gain access to, groom, manipulate, exploit, sexually abuse” Misley over a three-year period. Some of the abuse occurred in Los Angeles County, according to the lawsuit. As a result, he suffered serious emotional injuries as well as economic losses, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Misley met Tyler in 1973 at one of his events in Portland, Oregon, and was then invited to Tyler’s hotel room, where she said she told him she was 16. Tyler would be 25 or 26 at the time. It said he was involved in “various acts of criminal sexual conduct” against Misley.

She engaged in sexual acts with him after many other shows, and in 1974 became his legal guardian so she could travel to him with the show, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Misley became pregnant in 1975 as a result of having sex with Tyler, and that he later forced her to have an abortion.

Tyler further hurt Misley by publishing a memoir detailing parts of their relationship without her knowledge or consent, according to the lawsuit. Doing so puts Misley under public attention and scrutiny, which traumatizes her again and makes it difficult for her to recover, according to the lawsuit.

In Tyler’s 2011 memoir, she mentions meeting a 16-year-old anonymous “girlfriend.” She wrote that she almost “took a teenage boyfriend” and asked her parents to sign custody so they wouldn’t arrest her when she went on tour with him out of state.

“By including the plaintiff’s name in the confession, she made readers and the public not doubt the plaintiff’s identity,” the lawsuit said, adding that she faced a photo of her own face on a tabloid cover at a grocery store after the book’s publication.

Tyler’s relationship with a teenage girl is also mentioned by some in “Walk This Way,” a 1997 Aerosmith “autobiography” in oral history format. The teenager was given the pseudonym “Diana Hall” and, at one point, was described as pregnant. Tyler said he was thinking about marrying her, referring to abortion and calling it a “difficult situation in general.”

The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation for an unspecified amount.