A former child model recently filed a sexual assault suit against Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler in New York’s Supreme Court, alleging “gender motivated violence.”
According to Rolling Stone, the allegations stem from two apparent encounters on the same day in the summer of 1975 in New York City. Plaintiff Jeanne Bellino, a former child model who was 17 at the time, is seeking unspecified damages in the suit, which lists “gender motivated violence” as the cause of action.
This is the second case against Tyler following one filed nearly a year ago by Julia Misley, earlier known as Julia Holcom. She had sued Tyler in Los Angeles court accusing him of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager in the 1970s. She alleged that Tyler ended the relationship after getting her pregnant and forcing her to have an abortion.
In the current case, the plaintiff Bellino has alleged that she first met Tyler via a friend who had arranged for them to meet Aerosmith at the Warwick Hotel following a Manhattan fashion show. She claims that Tyler became frustrated when asked about a song lyric and forced her into a nearby phone booth and indulged in sexual assault.
Bellino alleges further that Tyler then forcibly kissed her at the Warwick hotel and grinded on her near the hotel’s bar while she attempted to resist. She then claims that Tyler whispered in her ear that he was “going in my room to do something quick,” and that he’d call her to come to the room after.
A doorman who witnessed the encounter at the bar helped her hail a cab home, where she said she immediately told her sister about the allegations.
The suit says Bellino “has suffered and will continue to suffer, great pain of mind and body, severe and permanent emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, physical, personal & psychological injuries” and that she has been hospitalized and medicated as a result of the incident and still needs medication “to cope with the sexual assault and has suffered long-term physical injury associated with the trauma” almost 50 years later.
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