A new lawsuit accuses Aerosmith star Steven Tyler of allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl and then pressuring her into aborting their unborn baby when she became pregnant.
Euro News reports Julia Holcomb filed the lawsuit late last month in California after the state legislature lifted the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse allegations.
Holcomb, who previously has shared her story with pro-life advocates, said the rock star sexually abused her for about three years starting in 1973. Her lawsuit does not name Tyler, but it is clear that he is “Defendant Doe” by the quotes from his memoir, according to the report.
In the lawsuit, she accused the now 74-year-old Tyler of sexual assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
According to the case, Tyler met Holcomb at an Aerosmith concert in Portland, Oregon in 1973; he was 25, and she had just turned 16. After the concert, he allegedly took her back to his hotel room and performed “various acts of criminal sexual conduct upon her” even though he knew her age, she said.
Later, Tyler convinced her mother to sign over legal guardianship with the promise of providing her with medical care and schooling, the lawsuit continues. However, he “did not meaningfully follow through on these promises and instead continued to travel with, assault and provide alcohol and drugs to Plaintiff,” the lawsuit states.
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Speaking about the relationship in 2011, Holcomb said she did not have a good home life growing up, and, with Tyler, she quickly “became lost in a rock and roll culture” full of sex and drugs, Birmingham Live reports. She said she lived and traveled with him until after she became pregnant and he pressured her to abort their unborn baby.
“I didn’t know it yet, but I would barely make it out alive,” she said at the time. “I could not believe he was even asking me to have an abortion at this stage. He spent over an hour pressing me to go ahead and have the abortion. He said that I was too young to have a baby and it would have brain damage because I had been in [an apartment] fire and taken drugs.”
Although she resisted, Holcomb said she eventually gave into the pressure and aborted their late-term unborn baby; later, she left Tyler and began to clean up her life.
According to EuroNews, Holcomb did not talk about those years publicly until after Tyler wrote about her in his and Aerosmith’s memoirs. In one book, he admitted to almost taking “a teen bride” but her parents “signed a paper over for me to have custody, so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state. I took her on tour with me.”
One refers to the girl as “Diana,” but his personal memoir mentions the name Julia Halcomb, potentially a misspelling of her name, in the acknowledgments, Rolling Stone reports.
In a statement last week, Holcomb said she hopes her lawsuit will help expose the rampant abuse and cover-up of abuse in the entertainment industry.
“I want … [to] hold accountable an industry that both exploited and allowed me to be exploited for years, along with so many other naïve and vulnerable kids and adults,” Holcomb said. “Because I know that I am not the only one who suffered abuse in the music industry, I feel it is time for me to take this stand and bring this action, to speak up and stand in solidarity with the other survivors.”
Holcomb also has shared her story with the pro-life movement in recent years to help people understand the pain and regret of aborting an unborn baby.
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