A rock icon accused of sexual assault on a minor – RT Games & Culture
Steven Tyler, lead singer of iconic rock band Aerosmith, has been accused in a trial of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s when he was 25. According to court documents obtained by Rolling Stone, plaintiff Julia Holcomb claims she was just 16 when she was sexually assaulted, assaulted and intentionally inflicted distress emotional.
In the lawsuit, filed under California’s Child Victims Act, Holcomb alleges that Tyler convinced his mother to grant him legal guardianship of her in order to allow the singer to take the 16-year-old on tour with him. and then engage in a sexual relationship. . The relationship reportedly began in 1973 and lasted around three years.
Although the lawsuit does not refer to Tyler or anyone else by name, instead identifying the defendants as Doe 1, Doe 2, etc., Holcomb had previously spoken publicly about her relationship with the Aerosmith singer. .
The lawsuit also quotes directly from Tyler’s memoir, in which he said he « almost married a teenage girl » at some point in his life and that his parents « to fall in love » so much with him that they signed a paper for him to have custody of their daughter so he wouldn’t be arrested if he took her on tour.
Holcomb alleges that she was « powerless to resist » Tyler’s « power, fame and substantial financial capacity » and that he « forced and persuaded » make her believe that their relationship was a « a romantic love story ». The plaintiff further claims that the singer promised her mother that he would provide her with better support than she was receiving at home and that he would enroll her in school and give her medical care.
Tyler « did not fulfill these promises in any meaningful way and instead continued to travel with, assault and supply the claimant with alcohol and drugs », the lawsuit claims.
In 1975, Holcomb claims she became pregnant with Tyler’s son, but ended up having an abortion after the singer insisted she terminated the pregnancy citing potential damage to the baby after a house fire. apartment.
After the abortion, Holcomb says she left Tyler and returned to Portland, where she became a devout Catholic and anti-abortion activist, burying her experiences with Tyler until he wrote about them in his memoir. of 2011.
Tyler’s legal representatives have yet to release an official statement on the lawsuit.
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