A child sexual abuse survivor has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gordon Sumner a/k/a Sting of The Police. The suit alleges Sting committed statutory rape by having sex with “Jane Doe” when she was just 15 years old. Jane Doe is represented by Matthew Haynie and Ashley Pileika of Forester Haynie PLLC and Damon Baldone of Damon J. Baldone & Associates. Click here for the Complaint.
The complaint alleges Jane Doe was sexually assaulted by Sting after attending a concert featuring The Police in Arizona on May 14, 1979. Jane Doe went to a meet and greet event at World Records in Scottsdale where she met Sting and the band. Later that night, she went to The Police’s concert at Dooley’s. At the concert, before The Police performed, Sting and the other members of The Police walked through the audience and visited with fans. It was there that Sting found Jane Doe, talked to her briefly, and put her on his lap during the opening band.
After The Police performed, Sting invited Jane Doe to go with him to a party. Jane Doe agreed and rode with the band in their car. At the party, Sting kissed Jane Doe and touched her breasts and genitals. Following the party, Sting, Jane Doe, and other members of The Police then drove back to their hotel, the Vagabond Inn. After they arrived, Sting and Jane Doe walked to Sting’s hotel room. It was there that Sting statutorily raped Jane Doe. Jane Doe has published a statement about the incident at www.foresterhaynie.com.
“The MeToo movement has given many of our clients a voice to share their stories of what happened when they were young and extremely vulnerable for the first time, empowering others to do the same.”Jane Doe’s attorneys, Matthew Haynie and Ashley Pileika of Forester Haynie
The Police and the touring company have also been listed as co-defendants in this lawsuit because they failed to implement reasonable policies and procedures to prevent minors, like Jane Doe, from predatory sexual abuse at their events.”
In May 2019, the Arizona State Legislature unanimously passed H.B. 2466, which strengthens protections for survivors of child sexual abuse by extending the amount of time survivors have to pursue civil action against perpetrators. Survivors can step forward and file a civil claim in Arizona against their abusers until December 31, 2020. Criminal charges can also be brought.
“‘Rockstars’ are not above the MeToo Movement.”Attorney Ashley Pileika of Forester Haynie
Forester Haynie is a national law firm that focuses on making sure every person across America has equal access to justice. The firm currently represents hundreds of child sexual abuse survivors against musicians, celebrities, religious institutions, and other organizations. They have successfully recovered millions of dollars for their clients. If you are also a child sexual assault survivor, the law firm of Forester Haynie wants to hear your story and help you go from being a victim to a survivor by calling 1-800-214-1010.
To read a personal statement from the survivor please click here.
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