“It’s somewhat surprising that it’s even in the court system to begin with,” Ann Olivarius, an attorney with the firm McAllister Olivarius who frequently represents survivors of sexual assault and harassment, told Insider. “We find that it does tend to be the most powerful men who wish to settle things, and they just don’t want this to go on.”
Misley alleged in her lawsuit that she was 16 years old when she met Tyler at an Aerosmith concert, and that he “performed various acts of criminal sexual conduct upon” her afterward, all while being aware of her age. She also alleged Tyler was granted guardianship over her, allowing them to live together and travel across state lines, all while Tyler committed sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Misley’s allegations are partly corroborated by Tyler himself, who wrote in his memoir of a 16-year-old girl he described as “barely old enough to drive and sexy as hell.” Tyler called the 16-year-old his “partner in crimes of passion,” and said he “almost took a teen bride.”
Tyler also described convincing the 16-year-old’s parents to sign over custody papers for their daughter “so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state. I took her on tour with me.” As Misley’s lawsuit noted, Tyler’s memoir even named Misley in the acknowledgments.