A woman claims one of the members of the band Peter, Paul and Mary sexually assaulted her decades ago.
The claims were made in a lawsuit filed in New York court on Wednesday. Deborah Martin said she ran away from home and Peter Yarrow raped her. Representatives for Yarrow could not be reached in time for this report.
The suit names both Yarrow and Peter, Paul & Mary, Co. as defendants.
Martin said she saw the band perform during her youth and met the members of the group. In 1969, Yarrow got to know Martin and he acted in a “paternal way” towards her, according to the filing.
Later that same year, Martin ran away from her home in St. Paul, Minnesota, and called Yarrow at his home in Manhattan, the filing contends. Yarrow told her to meet him at a hotel on the Lower East Side. Yarrow booked and paid for the room.
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It was in the hotel room where Martin claims Yarrow raped her. The victim was under 18 years old at the time of the alleged assault.
The next day, Yarrow bought Martin a plane ticket back to Minnesota and told her to leave, the lawsuit states.
“Martin has been suffering the effects of Yarrow’s rape ever since,” the filing reads.
She claims to have suffered physical and emotional pain that has led to mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, according to the suit. She had problems sleeping, problems concentrating, low self-confidence, flashbacks and “feeling that her life was ruined.”
The lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount of money.
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