Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been sued in a New York court by a woman who accuses him of sexually abusing her nearly 60 years ago when she was 12.
The lawsuit filed Friday alleges that Dylan abused the plaintiff, referred to in court documents as JC, for a period of six weeks between April and May 1965.
He says Dylan took advantage of “his status as a musician to give JC alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her on multiple occasions.” He also accuses Dylan, who turned 80 in May, of physically threatening the girl.
Some of the alleged abuses would have occurred in the apartment that Dylan owned in the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York, according to the lawsuit. “The 56-year-old accusation is false and will be vigorously fought,” his spokesman said in a statement.
The complainant claims that Dylan caused her “severe psychological damage and emotional trauma.”
The lawsuit was filed a day before the deadline set by a New York state law that enables victims of sexual abuse to report their alleged assailants, regardless of the date on which the act was allegedly committed.
Last week, a plaintiff in the case involving the late financier Jeffrey Epstein used that law to sue Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth, for alleged sexual abuse.
Winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for “creating new poetic expressions in the great tradition of American song,” Bob Dylan is widely considered the greatest composer of all time. His most famous songs include “Blowin in the Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin” or even “Like a Rolling Stone.”
Dylan stormed New York in the early 1960s and revolutionized folk music. Since then he has sold more than 125 million records worldwide.
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