Bob Dylan sued for alleged sexual abuse in 1965: NPR

Bob Dylan performed in 2009.

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Famous singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been accused of drugging and sexually abusing a minor in 1965. A lawsuit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of a woman referred to only as JC claims that the legendary musician “became friends with and established an emotional connection with plaintiff, JC, to lower her inhibitions for the purpose of sexually abusing her, which he did … “JC is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

A spokesman for Dylan, 80, said New York Post, “This 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be strongly defended.”

The complaint, which NPR has reviewed, alleges that the abuse took place for a period of six weeks between April and May 1965 at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, where Dylan, then in his early 20s, kept an apartment. At the time, JC had “just turned 12 and was a minor,” the case reads. JC is described today as a 68-year-old resident of Greenwich, Conn.

The lawsuit was filed Friday, just before the “look back” window closed under the New York State’s Child Victims Act, legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that “ensures those who abuse children are held criminally and civilly accountable, and that survivors after sexual assault in childhood have a path to justice. “The deadline for filing legislation that allowed alleged victims to make claims” regardless of when or for how long since the alleged abuse took place “was originally August 14, 2020, but was only extended to January 14, 2021 and then to August 14, 2021 to meet pandemic restrictions.

The complaint describes a scenario in which Dylan allegedly gave JC drugs and alcohol and also threatened “physical violence that left her emotionally scarred and mentally damaged to this day.”

In 1965, Dylan was a prominent figure in popular culture, performing and writing songs that gave voice to anti-war and civil rights movements. His many honors have since included several Grammys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature.

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