Bob Dylan is accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl over a six-week period in 1965 during a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The voice-of-a-generation singer-songwriter, whose first name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, allegedly plied the girl with drugs and alcohol, establishing a relationship for the aim of sexually abusing the preteen, the suit claims. He also physically abused the girl, who is merely referenced as J.C., the suit claims.
“Dylan exploited his status as a musician by grooming J.C. to realize her trust and acquire control over her as a part of his decision to sexually molest and abuse J.C.,” the suit reads. A rep for Dylan denied the allegations. “The 56-year-old claim is untrue and can be vigorously defended,” said Larry Jenkins during a statement to The News. The lawsuit alleges the abuse occurred during April and should of 1965, an equivalent year his fifth album, “Bringing It All Back Home.” came out.
The abuse happened “multiple times” and sometimes happened at his apartment at the famed Chelsea Hotel, the suit says. Because of the alleged sexual molestation, J.C. was depressed, angry, and anxious and suffers from issues associated with it to the present day, consistent with the lawsuit. The suit was filed under New York’s Child Victims Act, which temporarily got obviate the statute of limitations for people to file lawsuits alleging sexual assault once they were minors. The window for victims of kid sexual assault to file their lawsuits closed on Aug. 14, the day after J.C.’s suit was filed.
Dylan was sued earlier this year by the widow of a songwriter he worked with who demanded quite $7 million for selling the rights to songs her husband had co-written. Dylan won that lawsuit. The 80-year-old Nobel prize winner Dylan has recorded 39 albums in his legendary career that has seen him win Grammys, Golden Globes, and even an Academy Award . He sold his quite 600-song catalog to Universal Music Publishing in 2020. The library’s estimated value is $300 million.