41 years after the fact, Sting is being accused of sexually assaulting a minor while on the road with the Police in 1979. Yahoo Entertainment reported, “The civil lawsuit, filed Wednesday (November 18th) in Arizona federal court alleges that the British singer (real name: Gordon Sumner) committed statutory rape by having sex with a 15-year-old 'Jane Doe' after meeting at a Police concert in Scottsdale on May 14th, 1979. He was 27 at the time. Sting, as well as his the Police bandmates (Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland) and the group’s tour bookers, are being sued.”
A new bill allows alleged victims to sue up to their 30th birthday — or a one-time window to file suit, which expires on December 31st, 2020. The victim reportedly told her closest friends, several family members, and several therapists about the incident, and claims to “suffer from flashbacks every time she hears a song by the Police or Sting and every time she sees an image of him.” The plaintiff also claims that she may be the inspiration for the Police's 1980 hit, “Don't Stand So Close To Me” — despite the fact that the song deals with a student's lust for an older teacher, not a predatory adult seeking out a minor.
Sting's attorney, John Rosenberg, said in a statement: