According to Rolling Stone, a woman named Julia Holcomb has filed a lawsuit against Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler after accusing him of sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The incidents were said to have taken place between 1973 and 1976, while she was still a minor.
The lawsuit claims Holcomb’s mother gave Tyler guardianship over her when she was just 16. The two then engaged in a sexual relationship while she was in his custody. The suit does not mention Tyler by name, but it does include references to his memoir.
The complaint says Holcomb “was powerless to resist [Tyler’s] power, fame and substantial financial ability.” It also goes on to say that he “coerced and persuaded [her] into believing this was a ‘romantic love affair.’”
Holcomb says she met Tyler during Aerosmith’s 1973 show in Portland, OR. After the concert, the singer allegedly took Holcomb to a hotel and discussed her age, troubles at home, etc. He then “performed various acts of criminal sexual conduct” before a taxi took her home in the morning.
He also allegedly purchased a plane ticket so Holcomb could attend Aerosmith’s next show in Seattle, WA. That night, he was said to have performed more sexual acts on her, before sending her back home the following day.
In 1974, Tyler allegedly gained guardianship over Holcomb to make it easier to avoid criminal prosecution while traveling with her. The suit also claims that he promised Holcomb’s mother he would support her daughter by enrolling her in school and giving her medical care. However, instead of following through, he allegedly “continued to travel with, assault and provide alcohol and drugs to [her].”
On top of that, Holcomb also accused Tyler of having her get an abortion while she was pregnant with his son in 1975. The woman, who was 17 at the time, says he used an apartment fire as an excuse, citing smoke inhalation and a lack of oxygen to the fetus. However, a medical professional reportedly told her that the fire did not have an impact on her pregnancy.
Holcomb claims she didn’t want to go through with the abortion, but Tyler threatened to stop supporting her if she didn’t undergo the procedure. Shortly after the operation, she allegedly broke things off with Tyler and returned home.
She later became a devout Catholic, got married, and tried to disregard her time with Tyler until he mentioned their relationship in his memoir. Holcomb says the book resulted in “involuntary infamy” and tried to paint an abusive situation as a “romantic, loving relationship.”
The relationship and the fire were both mentioned in Tyler’s autobiography and in Aerosmith’s autobiography. The abortion was referenced in the band’s book as well. The suit also says that Holcomb’s name is in the memoir’s acknowledgments.
This news comes after Holcomb previously discussed her alleged relationship with Tyler with a number of far-right outlets. This includes an anti-abortion site called Lifesitenews and Tucker Carlson’s show. She also talked about her experience in the 2021 documentary “Look Away.”
Notably, Holcomb’s lawsuit was filed right before the December 31 deadline for California’s Child Victims Act.
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