Chuck Berry released "Sweet Little Sixteen" in Some of the girls — who are now grown women — linked to the men on this list have steadfastly maintained that their relationships with rock stars were consensual and overall positive experiences in their lives. Others say the opposite. Thinking about these relationships raises a number of questions about how we interact with the art in our lives. Is it ethical to enjoy music made by an awful person?
Are all year-olds who sleep with people under the age of 18 awful people? Should every case of statutory rape be equal in the court of public opinion? How old should teenagers be before society grants them complete sexual agency? Why do we view an average year-old man who sleeps with a year-old girl differently when the year-old man is extremely famous? What would you do if you knew a mids man who was in an ongoing sexual relationship with a to year-old girl?
Here are 11 rock stars who have been linked to underage women. David Bowie As we detailed after Bowie's death, David Bowie had strong links to the Baby Groupies of Los Angeles, and famous groupie Lori Maddox often spelled Mattix has repeatedly told the story of how she lost her virginity to Bowie when she was just Bowie was in his mids.
Maddox has told the story many times over the years, and the details remain the same: Bowie pursued her, but she initially rejected him. Then months later she and fellow underage groupie Sable Starr ended up in a hotel room with Bowie, and the rock star took Maddox into a bathroom and took a bath with her and then had sex with her.
The two would later have a threesome with Starr. It's worth noting that Maddox doesn't have any regrets about her experience with Bowie, noting that she would continue to see him on and off for 10 years after their first sexual encounter. I got to hang out with some of the most amazing, most beautiful, most charismatic men in the world.
I went to concerts in limos with police escorts. Am I going to regret this? In fact, she is better known for her relationship with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. In her words, Page had Zeppelin manager Richard Cole "kidnap" her Cole is also known as the man responsible for the infamous Zeppelin "mud shark" incident.
Maddox was just 14 when their relationship started; Page was And I turned around and, look, there was Jimmy sitting in the corner of the room with a hat and a cane saying, 'I told you I'm gonna have you. He and Maddox would continue to see each other for the next few years, though he tightly controlled Maddox's movements when they were together. I wasn't really allowed to go very many places with him," she claimed. Nevertheless, Maddox doesn't seem to see herself as a victim.
She speaks graciously of her time with rock stars and fondly recalls their time together. Kelly This one is dark. Kelly was a rising producer when he met teenage singer Aaliyah Haughton. He became the producer and lead songwriter for her debut album.
In , Chicago prosecutors charged Kelly with 21 counts related to child pornography, mostly revolving around one sex tape involving a thenyear-old Kelly and a year-old girl that included intercourse, fellatio, and urination. Yes, this is the incident Dave Chappelle mercilessly ridiculed on his Comedy Central show in , but you have to remember — there was a real year-old girl in that video, according to her friend's testimony at the trial.
The charges against Kelly did not result in a conviction. Journalist Jim DeRogatis was the pop music critic at the Sun-Times when someone anonymously shipped two sex tapes starring R.
Kelly to the paper. When DeRogatis described the case against R. Kelly to our former sister paper Village Voice two years ago, he used the descriptor "stomach-churning. You watch the video for which he was indicted and there is the disembodied look of the rape victim. He orders her to call him Daddy.
He urinates in her mouth and instructs her at great length on how to position herself to receive his 'gift. So we're not talking about rock star misbehavior , which men or women can do.
We're talking about predatory behavior. Their lives were ruined. But what's even creepier is how those lyrics mirrored real life. Nugent couldn't legally marry year-old Pele Massa in , so he arranged with her parents to become her legal guardian. They would stay together for nine years, and Nugent would say that at the time he was "addicted to girls.
Such is not the case with Steven Tyler. Julia Holcomb had just turned 16 when she met the Aerosmith singer at a concert in Portland, Oregon. She had not lived a happy life before meeting him. Her father abandoned her mother early on, and her younger brother died in a car accident when she was She was in a fragile place when a year-old woman befriended her, dressed her in revealing clothing, and got them backstage at an Aerosmith concert.
Holcomb tells this account in a 5,word essay on Life Site , an anti-abortion blog with an obvious agenda. Perhaps as a result, she skips the details of how she and Tyler met and skips to her mother granting Tyler guardianship over her, the reason being so that he could bring her on tour with him over state lines. Tyler ended up impregnating her, and by her account, they almost ended up married.
Things soured, however, and Tyler pressured her to get an abortion at five months, one week before the legal limit. She went through with it, moved home, and except for a few phone calls, never heard from Tyler again.
But even back then, a year-old marrying his year-old cousin while still married to another woman was scandalous. It was in when British journalists learned of the tender young age of Myra Gale Brown, and the ensuing uproar caused Lewis to cancel his tour and spoiled his chance to dethrone Elvis as the king of rock.
There's one detail that is particularly unsettling: When Brown moved out of her parents' house to join Lewis on tour, she packed her belongings in the only container she had — her dollhouse. I have been a bystander in my life," she told the Philadelphia Enquirer in At 14, the couple had a child, who would die in a swimming pool accident three years later. Lewis' infidelity and drug use further strained the marriage, and they got divorced in Lewis, who is still alive, married for a seventh time in He kept it in the family again — she was reportedly his cousin's ex-wife.
The answer is Janice Hunter, Gaye's second wife and father to two of his children. They began an intense sexual relationship, according to Hunter. She quickly learned of Gaye's possessive side. Bill Wyman No one cares about the bass player if the bass player doesn't sing, even if that band is the Rolling Stones.
Mandy Smith told the Daily Mail that she began hitting the English club scene at a young age, where she eventually ran into Wyman. The two began a relationship when she was 13 and he was in his 30s, and it became sexual when she was They married in to much fanfare, when Smith was 18, but just two years later would get divorced.
In an added wrinkle, Wyman's son from his first wife ended up marrying Smith's mother. When the Daily Mail writer asked Smith whether it's appropriate for a teenage girl to marry a much older man, Smith reacted strongly.
It's emotional maturity that matters," she said. I think the age of consent should be raised to 18 at a minimum, and some girls aren't even ready then. Priscilla Presley, Elvis' wife, was just 14 when the couple met. The King's attention quickly overwhelmed her, and by age 17 she was living with Elvis in Graceland. His demands eventually overwhelmed her personality. All I desired was not to disappoint him. In the New York Times' review of the book, Janet Maslin noted that the book contains a series of pictures of Elvis' girlfriends, who all share one unsettling physical trait.
You create a statue. He really destroyed the Sable Starr thing. Se made me throw away all my diaries and all my phone numbers down the incinerator, and he ripped up my scrapbook," she says in Please Kill Me: Now, Iggy Pop is about 10 years Sable's elder. Iggy seems to carry a little shame at how he treated Sable, and how when he saw a nasty situation developing between the teenager and the New York Doll, he simply ignored it — looked away.