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Steven Tyler gains legal victory as LA court dismisses claims that his memoir caused ’emotional distress’ to sexual assault accuser

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Steven Tyler faced a lawsuit for alleged sexual assault, sexual battery and more, brought by Julia Misley in December 2022.

Now, portions of the case against the 75-year-old rockstar — who is dating Aimee Preston, 36 — have been dismissed by a Los Angeles court.

This week the court ruled that it would nix the parts of Misley’s complaint that stated she endured an intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) based on the publications of Tyler’s two memoirs.

Misley, whose last name was formerly Holcomb, accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager in the 70s.

She alleged the music legend used his fame and status to ‘groom, manipulate, exploit and sexually assault’ her.

Steven Tyler faced a lawsuit for alleged sexual assault, sexual battery and more, brought by Julia Misley in December 2022

Steven Tyler faced a lawsuit for alleged sexual assault, sexual battery and more, brought by Julia Misley in December 2022

Now, portions of the case against the 75-year-old rockstar have been dismissed by a Los Angeles court

Now, portions of the case against the 75-year-old rockstar have been dismissed by a Los Angeles court 

She also claimed he plied her with drugs after gaining guardianship from her mother so he could take her on tour with him.

In his memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? Tyler wrote that he ‘almost took a teen bride’ after falling in love with a woman Holcomb alleged is her.

‘She was sixteen, she knew how to nasty, and there wasn’t a hair on it,’ he wrote in the book, which names the girl as ‘Diana.’

Another extract reads: ‘I went and slept at her parents’ house for a couple of nights and her parents fell in love with me, signed papers 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.’

Misley said the publication ‘retraumatized’ her and her family, saying in a statement: ‘I am grateful for this new opportunity to take action and be heard.’

The complaint stated that Misley met Tyler in 1973 after attending an Aerosmith concert in Oregon.

She was then invited backstage and later to Tyler’s hotel room where she accused the musician of sexually abusing her.

He is alleged to have then flown her out to an Aerosmith concert in Seattle where he sexually assaulted her again.

The following year, Tyler met with Misley’s mother and ‘convinced her to sign over the guardianship of her daughter to him.’

In April 2023, Tyler told the court that he was Misley’s legal guardian at the time, giving him immunity from related laws, past and present. 

Julia Misley, formerly known as Holcomb, filed a lawsuit over a year ago accusing Steven Tyler of abusing her as a teen

Julia Misley, formerly known as Holcomb, filed a lawsuit over a year ago accusing Steven Tyler of abusing her as a teen

Tyler performing with his band Aerosmith in the 70s

Tyler performing with his band Aerosmith in the 70s

The court’s dismissal comes weeks after a different civil lawsuit accusing the Aerosmith frontman of sexually assaulting a teen model nearly 50 years ago was dismissed by a New York judge, per TMZ.

In the November filing, plaintiff Jeanne Bellino claimed that Tyler forcibly kissed, groped and dry-humped her back in 1975 when she was 17 and he was 27.

Bellino said the alleged assault left her with life-long physical injury and she sought unspecified damages.

The suit was able to be brought against Tyler due to NYC’s extended statute of limitations on gender-based violence.

But a judge decided that the alleged assault, although distressing, did not ‘present a serious risk of physical injury’ to Bellino and the lawsuit was thrown out.

She had until Wednesday, March 13 to amend her complaint.

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