On Tuesday, Julia Misley filed a lawsuit against Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, citing sexual assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit was filed under a 2019 California law that provides a three-year window for adult victims of childhood sexual assault to file lawsuits for decades-old instances of assault. The deadline to file such claims is Saturday.
Misley has identified Tyler by name in a statement released through the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, as well as in his own memoirs Does the Noise In My Head Bother You? and Walk This Way. The lawsuit alleges that Tyler used his status and power in the music industry to groom, manipulate and sexually assault Misley over a period of three years, and that some of the abuse occurred in Los Angeles County. Misley has suffered severe emotional injury and economic losses as a result. The lawsuit further alleges that Tyler retraumatized Misley by publishing memoirs of their relationship without her knowledge or consent, subjecting her to public attention and scrutiny. Compensatory damages are being sought in the suit, although an unspecified amount.
Representatives for Tyler have yet to comment on the lawsuit.