Steven Tyler found himself in some hot water at the end of 2022.
A woman named Julia Holcomb filed a lawsuit in December against the rock n’ roll legend, alleging that he sexually assaulted her as a minor back in the mid-’70s, also accusing him of sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The claim alleges that the two met following an Aerosmith concert in Portland, Oregon, in 1973. Tyler, according to the suit, took Holcomb back to his hotel room, where the two engaged in “various acts of criminal sexual conduct.” Explicitly aware of her age, Tyler flew her to the next show in Seattle, where Tyler once again, allegedly “performed more sexual acts” on her following the show.
Tyler was then able to convince her mother to grant him guardianship over her when she was just 16 years old on the promise that he would financially support her, enroll her in school, and pay for any medical care however the complaint alleges that he instead “continued to travel with, assault and provide alcohol and drugs to the Plaintiff.”
When she became pregnant in 1975, she alleges that Tyler forced her to get an abortion. She was 17.
She adds that she decided to come out after reading Tyler’s memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, which referenced the relationship numerous times as a “romantic, loving relationship.”
He also mentioned in his memoir that he “almost took a teen bride” and that “she was sixteen, she knew how to nasty, and there wasn’t a hair on it.”
And according to court records obtained by Rolling Stone yesterday, Tyler is responded directly to the claims in a lengthy response.
Tyler’s attorney, Shawn Holley, filed papers last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which included 24 affirmative defenses denying all allegations. Tyler also requested for the suit to be dismissed.
They read in part that Misley’s (née Holcomb) claims:
“Are barred in whole or in part by Plaintiff’s consent… because of immunity or qualified immunity to Defendant as caregiver and/or guardian.”
He also alleged that she:
“Has not suffered any injury or damage as a result of any action by Defendant. If it is determined that Plaintiff has been damaged, then any such damages were not caused by Defendant.”
Tyler previously stated that his aforementioned writing about their relationship and his conduct was protected by the first amendment, and that the allegations are barred because of the statute of limitations.
She filed the suit during the time period of a look-back window, which was part the California Child Victim’s Act which was passed in 2009 and allowed survivors of child sexual assault to come forward outside of the statute of limitations time period.
Holcomb has yet to respond to Tyler’s denial.
Holcomb has spoke on her relationship with Tyler in the past, including an appearance on Fox News with Tucker Carlson a couple years ago.