American folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 1965 when he was in his mid-20s, according to a new lawsuit filed last Aug. 13.
The lawsuit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that Dylan groomed, drugged, sexually assaulted, and threatened physical violence against the plaintiff identified only as “J.C.” over a six-week period between April and May 1965, with some incidents taking place at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York.
According to the court documents obtained by news outlets, Dylan “befriended and established an emotional connection with” J.C. to “lower her inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did.”
The lawsuit alleged that the multiple incidents of abuse left J.C., who is now a 68-year-old woman, “emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.”
According to the complaint, J.C. has suffered depression, anxiety, disassociation, and other long-lasting physical and psychological injuries to the abuse.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages in an amount that exceeds the limits of lower courts and a jury trial for the allegations of assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
A spokesperson for Dylan, whose real name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, told news outlets in a statement, “The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”
The lawsuit came a day before the New York Child Victims Act expired. The law allowed people who were sexually abused as children to sue their alleged abuser despite the statue of limitations.
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