Steven Tyler’s Lawyers Fight Back In Sexual Allegation Lawsuit

As Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler faces a lawsuit related to his controversial relationship with Julia Misley in the 1970s, his legal team argues that Tyler’s memoirs are protected speech. To clear the singer’s name, they’re urging the court to strike one of Misley’s claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) linked to the memoirs.

The legal battle started with Misley’s accusation that Tyler sexually assaulted and manipulated her when she was 16 years old. She filed a lawsuit against the Aerosmith frontman, which included excerpts from Tyler’s 2011 memoir detailing his relationship with Misley during the time in question.

Tyler’s lawyers are seeking to dismiss the IIED claim based on the memoirs, stating that the memoirs should be considered protected activity. They argue that Misley’s claims related to the memoirs are barred by the statute of limitations and the First Amendment while emphasizing that they are not trying to strike Misley’s other causes of action or her IIED claim.

Steven Tyler’s lawyers claim the following in the new filing:

“[The strike is] made upon the grounds that [Julia Misley filed a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation] because the conduct complained of arises out of statements made in Tyler’s published memoirs. Such conduct implicates Tyler’s right to free speech.

As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how the court will respond to Tyler’s lawyers’ request. Regardless of the outcome, this case continues to raise important questions about the balance between free speech and the rights of alleged victims. Lawyers for Misley have not yet commented on the latest news.