An explosive new lawsuit claims that legendary vocalist Bob Dylan plied a 12-year-old girl with drugs and booze before sexually assaulting her in his Chelsea Hotel room back in 1965.
The renowned singer “befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff, J.C., to lower her inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did,” according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of a woman identified only as J.C. J.C. is requesting a jury trial as well as specific monetary damages.
“This 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended,” a spokesman for 80 year-old Dylan, said in a statement.
The assault, according to the lawsuit, occurred during a six-week period in April and May 1965 at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, where Dylan, then in his early twenties, had an apartment. J.C. “had just turned 12-years-of-age and was a juvenile” at the time, according to the lawsuit. J.C. is now a 68-year-old Greenwich, Connecticut, resident.
Dylan admirers have been quick to point out that the lawsuit’s claimed chronology appears to be at variance with his itinerary at the time. Dylan was on tour in England in April and May 1965, followed by a holiday in Portugal.
According to J.C.’s lawyer, the dates of such occurrences “are not inconsistent” to what his client claims.
The legislation’s filing deadline, which enabled victims to file claims “regardless of when or how long ago the alleged abuse happened,” was originally set for Aug. 14, 2020, but was then pushed out to Jan. 14, 2021, and again to Aug. 14, 2021, due to pandemic limits.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday, Aug 13, just before the “look back window” under New York State’s Child Victims Act, which “ensures that those who abuse children are held accountable criminally and civilly, and that survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a path to justice,” according to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature.
According to the lawsuit, Dylan reportedly offered J.C. drugs and alcohol while also threatening her with “physical violence, leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.”
By 1965, Bob Dylan had established himself as a major presence in popular culture, singing and creating songs that expressed anti-war and civil rights sentiments.
Since then, he has received several Grammy Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Nobel Prize in Literature.