Bob Dylan Sued for Allegedly Drugging and Sexually Abusing 12-Year-Old Girl in 1965

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A new lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court accuses Bob Dylan of having drugged and sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in 1965, according to a report on Monday from the New York Daily News.

Said the Daily News:

The voice-of-a-generation singer-songwriter, whose given name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, allegedly plied the girl with drugs and alcohol, establishing a relationship for the purpose of sexually abusing the pre-teen, the suit claims. He also physically abused the girl, who is only referenced as J.C., the suit claims.

Said Larry Jenkins, a representative for Bob Dylan, now 80, in a statement to the Daily News:

“The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”

At the time of the alleged abuse, the singer/songwriter would have been around 24 years of age.

The suit also maintains that the plaintiff was “depressed, angry and anxious and suffers from issues related to it to this day.”

Per Rolling Stone, the suit “claims that Dylan abused her between April and May 1965 and that Dylan ‘exploited his status as a musician by grooming J.C. to gain her trust and to obtain control over her as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse J.C.’ It claims that Dylan gave J.C. ‘alcohol and drugs,’ abused her multiple times, and that some of the alleged incidents occurred in Dylan’s apartment at the Hotel Chelsea in New York City.”

As for how this suit was filed stemming from alleged abuse more than 50 years ago:

The suit was filed under New York’s Child Victims Act, which temporarily got rid of the statute of limitations for people to file lawsuits alleging sexual abuse when they were minors. The window for victims of child sexual abuse to file their lawsuits closed Aug. 14, the day after J.C.’s suit was filed.

Stay tuned for any further developments regarding this story.

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