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lawsuit alleges bob dylan sexually abused 12-year-old girl in 1965

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Legendary folk musician and songwriter Bob Dylan has been sued for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 1965. The lawsuit has been filed in New York City, where the alleged sexual abuse occurred multiple times between April and May of 1965. The now-68-year-old woman identifies herself as only “J.C.” in the lawsuit.

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Bob Dylan accused of sexually abusing 12-year-old in 1965. Here are the details:

Lawsuit Alleges Bob Dylan Sexually Abused 12-Year-Old Girl In 1965
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In the lawsuit, J.C. alleges that “over a six-week period,” Bob Dylan “befriended and established an emotional connection”. Then ultimately, Bob Dylan sexually abused her multiple times between the months of April and May in the year 1965. He was accused in the lawsuit of assault, battery, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress. Her attorneys claim that Dylan befriended her:

…to lower her inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol and, threats of physical violence, leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.

The lawsuit also claims that Bob Dylan groomed J.C. by befriending her and gaining her trust to “obtain control over her”. It also alleges that Bob Dylan sexually assaulted her multiple times “at certain times” in his apartment at the Hotel Chelsea in New York City. Her attorney Daniel Isaacs said:

The complaint speaks for itself. We’ll prove all of the allegations in a court of law. The complaint was filed after much research and thorough vetting and there’s no doubt that she was with him at the Hotel Chelsea.

Moreover, J.C. filed the lawsuit one day before the New York Child Victims Act expired on August 14, 2021. And as a result of the sexual abuse, she has had to suffer from”serious and severe mental distress, anguish, humiliation, and embarrassment, as well as economic losses”. Therefore, she is seeking compensation from Bob Dylan for compensatory and punitive damages.

Bob Dylan denies the allegations

The Nobel Prize-winning singer, who is now 80, categorically denied the claims made in the lawsuit. In a statement to USA Today, his representative said:

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

Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records in his illustrious career and is especially known for his heart-wrenching songwriting. Some of his most famous songs include The Times They Are a-Changin’, Like a Rolling Stone, Blowin’ in the Wind, Mr. Tambourine Man, Just Like A Woman, and many more. His accolades include a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 as well. He also won a Pulitzer Prize special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power”. As a result of his strong following and lack of past scandals of such a nature, the public had a mixed reaction to the news. Moreover, many of his fans highlighted a major fallacy in the claims made in the lawsuit.

Public reaction

The first thing that many critics brought up on Twitter is that Bob Dylan was not present in New York or even the Western Hemisphere when the alleged sexual abuse happened. They highlighted Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour to the United Kingdom, which happened between late April and early May. For them, this exonerated Bob Dylan’s sexual assault allegations or at least made the claims spurious to some extent.

However, there were others who highlighted that a child’s memory from that long ago would be blurry. Moreover, they said that victims of abuse can sometimes mix up timelines and exact dates of their abuse. Therefore, according to them, even such inconsistencies in the lawsuit are not enough to discard the validity of her claims.

For now, more has yet to be revealed about the claims. Let us know in the comments below your thoughts.

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