Steven Tyler is currently embroiled in a second lawsuit regarding allegations of sexual assault. Earlier this year, Julia Misley filed a lawsuit against Tyler, alleging that he had obtained guardianship over her when she was just 16 years old, enabling a sexual relationship between them. This contentious relationship was documented in Tyler’s memoir. Now, another woman has come forward to accuse Tyler of assaulting her when she was 17 years old while he was 27.
Jeanne Bellino, a former child model, has filed a lawsuit in which she asserts that she and a friend met the members of Aerosmith around 1975. While walking in Manhattan with Tyler and his entourage, Bellino claims that a simple question she posed about a song lyric upset Tyler, resulting in him forcing her into a nearby phone booth. According to the lawsuit, during this incident, Tyler forcibly kissed her, touched her body, including her breasts, buttocks, and genitals, and engaged in explicit behavior while others present stood by, laughing, and passersby observed without intervening.
Bellino further alleges that Tyler’s misconduct continued when they returned to the band’s hotel, where he assaulted her again. Afterward, Tyler informed her that he would call her up to his room and then went upstairs. Overcome with fear and distress, Bellino decided to escape the situation by leaving the hotel, shaking and sobbing. A doorman who had witnessed the incident helped her into a cab. She promptly confided in her sister about the traumatic experience upon returning home.
The lawsuit filed by Bellino maintains that she has endured and will continue to suffer significant mental and physical anguish, severe and lasting emotional distress, physical symptoms resulting from emotional trauma, embarrassment, humiliation, and physical, personal, and psychological injuries. She still relies on medication to cope with the aftermath of the sexual assault and has experienced long-term physical injuries connected to the trauma.
Bellino’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, who also represents Misley, emphasized that this case is not solely about the actions of Steven Tyler but also about the broader entertainment industry that has shielded, condoned, and profited from such behavior, all while being aware of his pattern of conduct for decades. Anderson stated, “This is not just about a serial predator named Steven Tyler. It’s about an industry that’s given him cover, that’s given him permission, that’s given him profits and prestige, and has known for decades that he was a peril to teenagers.”