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Bob Dylan Sued For The Alleged Sexual Abuse Of An Adolescent Girl In The ’60s
Famed folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been sued by a woman in a new lawsuit that alleges he sexually abused her back in 1965. The woman was 12-years-old at the time while the singer was 23.
In a civil lawsuit filed late on Friday (Aug 13) with the New York Supreme Court, the woman identified only as J.C. said Dylan sexually abused her at his New York apartment over a six-week period “leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day”.
According to the lawsuit filed on Friday, August 13th, with the New York Supreme Court, the now 63-year-old woman, only identified as J.C., claimed that the now 80-year-old singer plied her with drugs and alcohol and “exploited his status as a musician to provide J.C. with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times,” and grooming her over a six-week period between April and May in 1965 which left her “emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.”
The suit goes on to detail how Dylan “befriended and established an emotional connection” with J.C., with the alleged friendship serving “to lower her inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol and, threats of physical violence.”
The abuse would allegedly occur at his apartment at the Hotel Chelsea in New York sometimes.
A spokesperson for Dylan gave a statement regarding the allegations saying “the 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”
The lawsuit was filed just a day before the New York state deadline for people to file legal claims under the Child Victims Act look-back window that allows for victims of child abuse to sue their alleged attackers regardless of the age of the claims or if the statute of limitations has passed, allowing for adults in New York to file claims dating back to the ’70s or earlier.