Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Denies Sexually Assaulting a Minor in the '70s

His denial was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week

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BY Sydney BrasilPublished Apr 6, 2023

Aerosmith bandleader Steven Tyler has issued a denial of sexual assault allegations dating back to the '70s, as per Rolling Stone.

The following article contains potentially triggering material relating to sexual assault and violence. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct and are looking for support, consult the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime to find resources in your area.

The denial, in response to a lawsuit filed in December by Julia Misley (née Holcomb), was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week. In said lawsuit, Misley alleged that Tyler convinced her mother to grant him legal guardianship when she 16, leading to them living together and having a sexual relationship.

Tyler is now claiming that their relationship — which began in 1973 — was entirely consensual, and is asking for the lawsuit concerning his guardianship of Misley to be dismissed.

"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," Misley's attorneys 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."

Misley claims her relationship with Tyler ended in 1975 after he forced her to have an abortion while she was pregnant with his child. After coming forward with her allegations in 2011, she has become an anti-abortion advocate, and has spoken with many right-wing publications on the topic.

As of time of publication, Tyler and his representatives have not made a statement about the denial. 

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