Renowned for hits like “Theatre of Pain,” “Dr. Feelgood,” and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” Mötley Crüe distinguished itself with a stage presence that surpassed many heavy metal groups of its era, largely attributed to drummer Tommy Lee. Known for his crowd-pleasing antics, including mooning audiences and delivering drum solos that bordered on performance art—often executed while suspended above the crowd or spinning—Lee’s rock and roll lifestyle recently thrust him into legal turmoil. A woman, identified as Jane Doe to protect her privacy, has accused him of sexual assault.
Choosing to remain anonymous in the media, Jane Doe alleges that Lee assaulted her in 2003. According to the lawsuit, the drummer’s personal helicopter pilot, David Martz, took her on a trip from San Diego to Van Nuys, California, where Lee joined them. The suit claims that both men indulged in alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. Eventually, Lee allegedly sexually assaulted Jane Doe, involving forcible groping, kissing, penetration with fingers, and attempted forced oral copulation.
At the time of the assault, Jane Doe worked at a San Diego bank and had met Martz, who extended the invitation for the helicopter ride. Unaware of the destination, she found herself in Van Nuys with Lee, where both men consumed drugs and alcohol, according to the lawsuit.
The suit details Jane Doe’s account of joining Lee in the cockpit to get a better view, only for him to initiate unwanted advances. Feeling humiliated and burdened by guilt, she refrained from reporting the incident to local authorities, influenced by the fame of Lee and the prevalent culture in the music industry that seemingly tolerated such behavior. n seeking damages for the incident, Jane Doe implies that she may not be the sole victim ensnared by Lee and Martz. Unfortunately, Martz passed away in 2015 after a plane crash.