Rolling Stone reports that a lawsuit has been filed in New York claiming Euringer began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl in January 1997 which continued through June 1999. The plaintiff — who will remain anonymous — says that Euringer “groomed and manipulated [her] into believing that his sexually assaultive behavior was not criminal and that by engaging in sexual activity with him Plaintiff was actually helping to protect younger girls from sexual assaults.”
The suit continues, “During this time, [the musician] acted as and treated Plaintiff as though she was his girlfriend and the two were in a consensual relationship.” It alleges that Urine took pictures of her naked and made her “act like a small child and suck her thumb, drool and pee in her pants” during sexual acts.
Euringer allegedly knew she was a minor because he purportedly sent her a greeting for her 15th birthday. He also gave her a fake ID so she could drink with him. To hide their relationship, Urine told her not to act affectionately with him in public. The suit also accuses Elektra and Galus of aiding and abetting Euringer’s actions. The plaintiff claims a picture of her was printed on band tour shirts and an Elektra A&R saw Euringer kissing her on various occasions.
“With their knowledge, relationship to Euringer, and control over Euringer, his shows, his music, and at times his access to minors, Defendants had the opportunity and ability to stop Euringer’s sexual assaults, and to protect Plaintiff and others, but did not,” the suit alleges. “As a result, Plaintiff has suffered humiliation, shame, and horror that she will continue to suffer for the rest of her life.”
Euringer has yet to release a statement.