Steven Tyler is facing a sexual assault lawsuit against a woman who claims to have had a relationship with the 16-year-old Aerosmith frontman.
The accuser, Julia Holcomb, has publicly alleged that she had a sexual relationship with Tyler in 1973 when she was just 16.
According to Rolling Stone, she has now filed a lawsuit under the California Child Victims Act, accusing him of sexual assault, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Under the 2020 law, the statute of limitations was temporarily lifted for survivors of child abuse, until a filing deadline of December 31, 2022.
Tyler is not named in the lawsuit, but Holcomb has spoken publicly about her experiences in an alleged three-year relationship with Tyler, who was in her mid-twenties at the time.
In his own memoir, Tyler wrote that he “almost took a teenage bride” whose parents “fell in love with me, signed a paper that I got custody so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state. I took her on tour”.
Holcomb alleged that the Walk This Way hitmaker gave her drugs and alcohol, had sex with her and took her on tour. She claimed she got pregnant with his child at age 17, but was persuaded to have an abortion.
Her lawsuit references John Does number 1 through 50, so if it makes it to court, others could be prosecuted.
The rock legend returned to rehab in May after going back on pain medication after foot surgery. Earlier this month, the band had to cancel the last four dates of their Las Vegas residency because the singer was suffering from an unknown illness.
Tyler has not yet commented on the legal action.