Steven Tyler Scores Another Legal Victory Over Assault Accusations

A court in Los Angeles has recently made a decision about another lawsuit against Steven Tyler.

The lawsuit was brought forth by Julia Misley, who claims she had a relationship with Tyler in the 1970s when she was a teenager. The court decided to remove certain parts of Misley’s lawsuit that dealt with her feeling emotionally distressed because of Tyler’s memoirs.

The ruling happened on Wednesday, specifically targeting the complaint that Tyler’s books caused Misley ‘intentional infliction of emotional distress’ (IIED). The basis for this decision was that the Aerosmith singer’s recounting of his life and experiences in his memoirs, which do not name Misley, falls under free speech.

Tyler’s Defense Against The Claims

Misley’s original lawsuit, filed in December 2022, accused Tyler of sexual assault, sexual battery, and IIED. Her side of the story is that she and Tyler were together when she was a teen. She even said Tyler convinced her mom to let him become her guardian when she was 16 to keep the relationship going.

Although Misley didn’t name Tyler directly in her initial lawsuit, the dots connected when she mentioned details similar to what the rocker wrote in his 2011 memoir. Later on, she officially named him in her statement.

The 75-year-old defended himself by saying that the emotional distress claims related to his memoirs cannot be considered in court since they are simply his way of sharing his life story and are protected by the First Amendment. He also mentioned that the memoirs, published in 1997 and 2011, are too old for Misley to bring up now because of the statute of limitations.

Another Lawsuit, Another Victory

The recent victory followed another one earlier in the year. A New York judge threw out a case against Tyler on February 22 by saying the lawsuit was filed too late and that her claims did not meet the necessary criteria for an extension of the filing deadline.

Jeanne Bellino sued Tyler under a law aimed at protecting victims of gender-motivated violence. She claimed that the Aerosmith frontman assaulted her twice in one day through groping and simulated sex when she was a teenager in 1975.

Tyler’s lawyers argued that there were earlier chances under different laws for the case to be brought up, but it wasn’t. They suggested that this delay showed a lack of effort to pursue the claims sooner.

The judge agreed with Tyler’s arguments, dismissing the lawsuit.