Bob Dylan sued for allegedly sexually abusing girl aged 12 in 1965

A lawsuit filed on Friday says the musician 'exploited his status' and abused the girl many times

Bob Dylan has been sued in a New York court by a woman who says the US rock and folk legend sexually abused her almost 60 years ago, when she was 12.

The lawsuit filed on Friday alleges that Dylan abused the plaintiff, referred to in court documents as JC, over a six-week period between April and May 1965.

It says Dylan "exploited his status as a musician to provide JC with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times".

The suit also accused Dylan, who turned 80 in May, of physically threatening the girl.

The alleged abuse took place at the apartment Dylan owned in New York's famous Chelsea Hotel, according to the lawsuit.

This photo received 07 September 2004 shows an undated photo of US musician Bob Dylan from his early days in New York, which was used for the back cover of Dylan's new book called "Bob Dylan Chronicles: Volumne One". The book will be published by Simon & Schuster on 12 October. The book is the first in a series of the artist's self-penned personal histories, with this volume being comprised of first-person narratives focusing on significant periods in Dylan's life and career. AFP PHOTO/Simon &Schuster

A representative for Dylan, whose real name is Robert Zimmerman, said "the 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended".

The accuser, who now lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, says Dylan caused her "severe psychological damage and emotional trauma". She is seeking unspecified damages.

The lawsuit was filed a day before the window for filing claims under New York State's Child Victims Act closed.

The act allowed victims of abuse to sue their alleged attackers irrespective of the age of the claims or whether the statute of limitations had passed.

Last week, an accuser of US financier Jeffrey Epstein used the act to sue Queen Elizabeth II's second son, Prince Andrew, for alleged sexual abuse.

Dylan is widely considered to be the greatest singer-songwriter of all time. His most notable works include Blowin' in the Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin' and Like a Rolling Stone.

He burst on to the folk scene in New York in the early 1960s and has sold more than 125 million records around the world.

In 2016, Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

In 2020, he released his 39th studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, 58 years after the release of his first.

Updated: August 17th 2021, 8:16 AM
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