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He is being sued in Arizona federal court for alleged underage sex with a girl that year in Arizona. A rush of child sex abuse lawsuits filed before the deadline set by a new Arizona law has targeted the Catholic Churchthe Arizona Republicand now the British musician Gordon Sumner, aka Sting. Sumner is accused of sexually assaulting a year-old girl in a Tempe hotel where he was staying while on tour with his band The Police in The complaint alleges that Sumner, then 27 and married with a hit album, knew that the plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, was underage and unable to give consent as a result.
It says she has suffered lifelong trauma as a result of the incident, leaving her in need of therapy and unable to maintain healthy relationships. Ashley Pileika, one of the three attorneys behind the suit, said that while Doe soon told people about what happened, it took her a long time to realize how harmful it had been because her friends glorified the alleged assault.
She was 15 at the time; she was a virgin. She was from a very loving and kind of sheltered family in a way, and this was just something that truly changed the trajectory of her life. Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.
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