A new lawsuit alleges that Sting, pictured that year, committed legal rape in 1979. Through his attorney, he “categorically denies” the claim while saying he has “extraordinary compassion and support for any sexual assault survivor who speaks out” (Photo: SC Pool – Corbis / Corbis via Getty Images)
Sting is accused of sexually assaulting a minor more than four decades ago, a new lawsuit shows. Through his lawyer, he “categorically” denies the claim.
The civil lawsuit filed in Arizona federal court on Wednesday and filed by Yahoo Entertainment alleges that the British singer (real name: Gordon Sumner) was lawfully raped by having sex with a 15- year old Jane Doe had a concert in Scottsdale on May 14, 1979. He was then 27 years old. Sting and his bandmates the police and the group’s tour bookers are sued.
John Rosenberg, a 17-time Grammy-winning attorney, told Yahoo in a statement: “Sting has extraordinary compassion and support for any sexual assault survivor who speaks out, but he categorically denies that it happened. Sting, who hasn’t been served with a complaint, doesn’t know who that person is. The first time either of us heard of these allegations – from 1979 – when we saw a press release from a law firm yesterday. The same press release attempts to recruit clients for the plaintiff’s lawyers. Should this case continue, we intend to defend it vigorously. Sting welcomes a thorough and open investigation into this matter. “
According to the complaint, the unidentified woman, who now lives in California, attended a meet and greet at a police record store – and then promoted her second album – and met the front man. There she said she was 15 years old. That night she attended the group’s concert at Dooley’s in Tempe, Arizona. Sting and his bandmates, which included Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, walked through the audience and greeted the fans. Doe claims Sting approached her, “spoke to her briefly, and asked her to sit on his lap while the opening band performed.”
After the police step in, Doe claims that Sting, who was married to first wife Frances Tomelty in 1979, invited her and others, including Summers, to a house party in Phoenix with him and others, including Summers. There they shared a deck chair in the back yard and Sting kissed [Doe], touched her breasts and touched her genitals. “During the interaction, she again claims that she is 15 years old and that she has revealed that she is a virgin.
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Doe said she thought she would go home afterward, but was taken to the Vagabond Inn in Tempe where the band lived across the street. Copeland was said to be with them in Sting’s hotel room first, but then left them alone. Doe claimed Sting “took off his pants and exposed himself” and then there was oral and vaginal penetration that she “did not freely or voluntarily consent” as a minor.
“After the rape in the hotel room, Sting led the plaintiff out of the hotel room and sent her home in a taxi,” said the court records. There Doe took a shower and found that she was “bleeding” and “in considerable pain”.
A photo of Sting appearing with the Atlanta police around this time in April 1979. (Photo: Tom Hill / Getty Images)
Doe never saw Sting, who married second wife Trudie Styler in 1992, again – or heard from him according to a complaint, but shortly after writing “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” about a young girl longing for her male school teacher . The lawsuit includes a quote from Sting about the song’s inspiration: “You have to keep in mind that we were blonde bombs at the time and most of our fans were young girls, so I started doing some role-playing. Let’s take advantage of that. “
Within a year of the alleged rape, Doe said she “told her closest friends about it.” She later told several family members as well. She also spoke to several therapists about the incident over the years as it “caused and continues to cause [Doe] immense damage ”and she“ suffers flashbacks every time she hears a song from the police or sting and every time she sees a picture of him. “
A lawsuit is filed – and more than $ 75,000 in damages is filed. The complaint outlines allegations of sexual assault / sexual abuse of minor, deliberate infliction of emotional stress, assault, battery and negligence towards the also accused police and the talent agency Frontier Booking International (founded by Copeland’s brother Ian). who was responsible for booking the band from 1978 to 1980.
As mentioned earlier, Sting was not served in this case, according to his attorney, and his team didn’t find out about it until they saw a press release about it on Wednesday.
In May 2019, Arizona signed a bill extending the time that childhood sexual assault victims can sue alleged assailants. Victims of abuse can be sued up to their 30th birthday, a decade longer than before. It also opened a one-off window for victims who – like Doe – missed the cutoff and have until December 31, 2020 to file lawsuits.
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