Steven Tyler Faces Another Sexual Assault Lawsuit
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Steven’s In Trouble Again
A second woman has come forward with accusations of sexual assault against Steven Tyler, the frontman of Aerosmith, and has filed a lawsuit against him.
The lawsuit has been brought by Jeanne Bellino, a former child model, who claims that she met Tyler in the summer of 1975 in New York when she was 17 years old, and he was 27. Bellino alleged that she and a friend were supposed to meet the band at the Warwick Hotel in New York City. While walking with Tyler and his entourage on Sixth Avenue, Bellino questioned Tyler about his lyrics, and she claimed that he forcibly pushed her into a phone booth and assaulted her.
The lawsuit details the alleged incident, stating that “Tyler stuck his tongue down her throat, and put his hands upon her body, her breasts, her buttocks, and her genitals, moving and removing clothing and pinning her against the wall of the phone booth.” The lawsuit further claims that Tyler was “mauling and groping Plaintiff” while simulating sexual acts, and that other members of the entourage witnessed the incident but did not intervene.
According to Bellino’s account, Tyler then took her and the group to the Warwick Hotel, where he allegedly continued to assault her, despite her resistance. He purportedly said he would be “going to my room to do something quick” and summoned her to his room later. An associate of Tyler’s allegedly informed Bellino that she could go up to his room, but instead, she fled from the hotel out of fear.
Bellino stated in her lawsuit that she has suffered significant emotional and physical distress as a result of the alleged assault, including “pain of mind and body, severe and permanent emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, physical, personal, and psychological injuries.” She was reportedly hospitalized and medicated after the incident and continues to require medication to cope with the trauma and its associated long-term physical injuries.
This lawsuit is the second recent accusation of sexual assault against Steven Tyler. It raises serious legal and ethical questions, and the legal process will determine the outcome of these allegations.
The First Allegation
Steven Tyler has faced previous allegations of sexual assault. In December of last year, Julia Misley, who was formerly known as Julia Holcomb, filed a lawsuit against the singer, accusing him of sexual assault and battery when she was 16 and he was 25.
In his 2011 memoir, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” Tyler wrote about “almost taking a teen bride” and claimed that the girl’s parents “signed a paper over for me to have custody, so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state.” Misley alleged in her lawsuit that Tyler’s statements in the book had caused her emotional distress.
Tyler acknowledged in a court response that he had sexual relations with Misley but argued that her claims of assault and battery were invalid due to “immunity to defendant as caretaker/guardian.” Additionally, Tyler’s legal team attempted to have a portion of the lawsuit dismissed by citing his right to freedom of speech, contending that the conduct in question was connected to statements made in Tyler’s published memoirs.
These previous legal proceedings and allegations add further complexity to the current lawsuit against Steven Tyler and raise important legal and ethical considerations. The legal process will ultimately determine the outcome of these allegations.