Bob Dylan within the Sixties.
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A girl is suing legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in a New York court docket, alleging he sexually abused her when she was 12 years outdated within the Sixties.
Dylan’s spokesman known as the allegations “unfaithful” and mentioned that the lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court docket, “might be vigorously defended” by legal professionals for the singer.
The lawsuit was first reported by the New York Post.
The go well with was filed a day earlier than the expiration of a one-year window opened by a New York state legislation, the Youngster Victims Act, which allowed adults to sue for alleged youngster sexual abuse regardless of when the purported conduct occurred.
The lawsuit claims the now 80-year-old Dylan over a six-week interval in April and Might 1965 “befriended and established an emotional reference to” the lady to groom her to be sexually molested.
The go well with says Dylan, whose authorized identify is Robert Zimmerman, “exploited his standing as a musician to supply” the lady “with alcohol and medicines and sexually abuse her a number of occasions.”
The criticism additionally accuses him of threatening bodily violence in opposition to her and says she has been left “emotionally scarred and psychologically broken to today.” And it says the lady, who in April 1965 had simply turned age 12, suffered bodily accidents.
The lawsuit alleges the a number of Grammy Award-winning singer abused the lady at sure occasions in his house on the Resort Chelsea, a then-seedy resort in Manhattan that now has landmark standing on account of its structure and well-known clientele.
Dylan is understood to have saved an house on the resort, which is called after its neighborhood, from 1961 by way of 1964, in keeping with the Encyclopedia Britannica. He additionally stayed there in fall 1965 to write songs for his album “Blonde on Blonde.”
Dylan carried out on a brief tour in England from April 30, 1965, by way of Might 10, 1965, footage of which was used by film director D.A. Pennebaker in his documentary “Don’t Look Back.”
The lawsuit particularly says that “upon info and perception,” Dylan “maintained an house” on the Resort Chelsea between April and Might 1965, the time interval throughout which the abuse is alleged to have occurred.
The prison statute of limitations for Dylan’s alleged abuse of the lady is lengthy expired.
The girl who sued Dylan is recognized within the lawsuit by the initials J.C. The criticism says the accuser at present resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
The go well with alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional misery. It asks for unspecified financial damages.
The plaintiff’s lawyer, Daniel Isaacs, when requested for remark, mentioned, “The criticism speaks for itself, and we will show our allegations in a court docket of legislation.”
Dylan, who wrote the long-lasting ’60s songs “Blowin’ within the Wind,” “The Instances They Are A-Changin'” and “Like a Rolling Stone,” is a member of the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, an Academy Award-winning songwriter, and a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2016, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.