Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler’s sexual harassment lawsuit dismissed
Steven Victor Tallarico, professionally known as Steven Tyler, has denied having a non-consensual relationship with a minor in the 1970s.
The Aerosmith frontman has been involved in a legal battle since December 2022, when a woman who publicly identified herself as Julia Misley named him in a lawsuit. Misley accused Tyler of sexually harassing and abusing her, intentionally causing her emotional distress as a teenager.
The lawsuit was filed days before the Dec. 31 deadline for the California Child Victims Act, which ended the statute of limitations for reporting child sexual abuse crimes.
Steven Tyler is asking the court to dismiss his sexual assault lawsuit
Several months after Misley accused him in the legal filing, Tyler denied the allegations in a lengthy response and asked for the case to be dismissed. The American Music Awards winner argued in a statement that the plaintiff consented to their sexual relationship, claiming immunity as he was her legal guardian at the time of the affair.
in documents obtained by PEOPLE, the “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” hitmaker claimed in part that Misley “suffered no injury or damage as a result of any action by the defendant.” He added that if he was “injured, such damages were not caused by the defendant.”
Furthermore, the plaintiff’s lawyers claimed that the rocker “gas lighting” with a rebuttal from their client and the court. The bureau noted that while the original filing did not specifically name Tyler, the details confirmed details that were reported in 2011’s “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” published in his book. about his relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
Exposition of the book The Explosion pointed out that the rock star referred to the affair as “unintended notoriety” while noting that it was a “romantic, loving relationship.” He also apparently bragged that the girl’s “parents fell in love with me, they signed a paper giving me custody so they wouldn’t arrest me if I moved out of state. I took it with me on tour.”
In his documents, Misley acknowledged that Tyler was aware of the effect his “fame” and “power” had on him at a time when he was “powerless to resist.” She also claims in the lawsuit that Tyler “forced and tricked” her into believing what they shared was a “romantic love relationship.”
The duo met when the then-teenager attended a concert by the “Sweet Emotion” singer in Portland, Oregon in 1973. He was then invited to the celebrated Demon of Screamin’ hotel room, where he allegedly told him his age.
When asked why she was alone on the show, Misley said it came from her troubled home life, a revelation the singer, now 75, used to “perform various sexual acts” on her.
The case continued with Tyler allegedly flying the teenager to Seattle and engaging in multiple sexual acts with Misley before sending her home the next day. Finally, in 1975, she became pregnant at the age of 17, and the “Dream On” singer forced her to have an abortion.
On the pretext of an apartment fire, he tried to convince the young girl that her baby was sick due to smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen. He responded by flying back to Portland and never speaking to her.
The Danish Grammy Award-winning band is canceling concerts due to health issues
As reported by The Blast, Aerosmith was forced to cancel one of its shows last December due to Tyler’s health problems. The band, which consists of Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford, shared the following on their Instagram page:
“It is with great disappointment that we are forced to cancel tonight’s show in Las Vegas due to Steven being unwell and unable to perform.”
They stated that they expect the headliner to make a full recovery before their next concert and apologized to their fanbase for the unexpected, last-minute announcement. The band previously canceled their summer tour after Tyler, a known alcoholic, returned to the bottle. At the time it was written:
“After undergoing foot surgery in preparation for the stage and needing pain relief, he recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to focus on his health and recovery.”
The statement also included an apology and information on where fans can get a refund for tickets already purchased.