Tommy Lee has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the cockpit of a helicopter 20 years ago.
In the complaint filed last Friday in Los Angeles, the plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe, accuses the Motley Crue drummer of “forcibly groping, kissing and penetrating her with his fingers, and attempting to force her to perform oral copulation” during a 40-minute flight from San Diego County to Van Nuys, California, in February 2003.
The woman claims she was invited onto the chopper by pilot David Martz, with whom she had struck a friendly relationship since he was a patron at her bank.
“Within a matter of minutes of being airborne, Martz pulled out alcohol he had stored in the helicopter and began to mix drinks,” the complaint alleges.
The woman says Martz handed her a drink that she did not consume. She claims Martz and Lee drank, smoked marijuana, and snorted cocaine during the flight.
At one point, Martz allegedly invited her up to the cockpit, where Lee allegedly began to sexually assault her, becoming even “more forceful” when she tried to pull away, per the complaint.
“At one point, Lee penetrated plaintiff with his fingers while fondling her breasts. Lee then pulled down his pants and attempted to force plaintiff’s head toward his genitals. By this point, plaintiff was in tears, but she had nowhere to go – she was trapped with little mobility to leave the cockpit,” the lawsuit alleges.
The woman is suing for gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence, as she claims the alleged incident has left her with “great shock, distress, humiliation, shame and guilt.”
The accuser is seeking past, present, and future damages, including medical expenses, loss of earnings and earnings capacity.
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