World renowned folk singer and songwriter Bob Dylan faces a sexual abuse lawsuit filed at the New York Supreme Court last Friday by an unnamed woman who claims that the music artist sexually abused her after giving her alcohol and drugs when she was only 12 years old.
According to the women known only as J.C., the incident happened in 1965 at the artist’s New York apartment. She alleges that the abuse happened within a six-week period between April to May 1965, leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged until today. The suit also alleges that Dylan physically threatened the girl. She currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Dylan’s spokesman released a statement saying that the allegations against the 80-year-old singer are false. “The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended,” the spokesman revealed.
The lawsuit also states that Dylan “exploited his status as a musician to provide J.C. with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times.” The artist was in his mid 20s when the alleged sexual abuse took place.
There are no specific claims for damages from the plaintiff. She filed her lawsuit just before a New York State deadline that authorizes people to file legal claims involving alleged sexual abuse of children in the past that were too old to pursue due to a statute of limitations. This lawsuit was motivated by The New York Child Victims Act that was passed in 2019.
“Dylan’s predatory, sexual and unlawful acts against Plaintiff amounted to a series of harmful and offensive contacts to Plaintiff’s person, all of which were done intentionally by him to her without her consent,” the lawsuit stated, filed by lawyer Daniel W. Isaacs.
Born Robert Zimmerman, Dylan hails from Duluth, Minnesota. He is known as one of the music industry’s most respected and talented singers and songwriters. Throughout the course of his illustrious career, he was able to release more than three dozen albums and produced hit songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “End of the Line,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Handle with Care,” “Mr.Tambourine Man,” and “Shelter from the Storm,” to mention a few.
For his exceptional accomplishments, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016. He is a Grammy Hall of Famer, an Academy awardee for Best Music in 2001, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement awardee in 1991, a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee in 2012, and an NME awardee for Best Songwriter in 1976, among others.
His big break as a music artist happened in 1963 when he released his second album titled The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which surprisingly became a phenomenal hit in the United States and the United Kingdom. The album contained love songs, protest songs, and blues that had relevant social messages that captured the hearts of countless music fans around the world. His single “Like a Rolling Stone” reached the number one spot in the UK charts when it was released in 1965. His 1975 album titled Blood on the Tracks is known as one of Dylan’s most celebrated albums. It peaked at number one in the US and is considered by Rolling Stones as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.