An unnamed woman has sued legendary singer and songwriter Bob Dylan for sexual assault, alleging that the singer abused her sexually after giving her alcohol and drugs in 1956 when she was 12 years old.
In a civil lawsuit filed before the New York Supreme Court on Friday, August 13, 2021, the woman who identified as JC said Dylan sexually abused her at his New York apartment over six weeks between April and May in 1965, “leaving her emotionally psychologically damaged and scarred to this day” the statement reads.
According to the lawsuit, Dylan, who was in his mid-20s at the time, was accused of exploiting his status as a celebrity to provide JC with alcohol and drugs before a lengthy period of multiple waves of abuse. However, a spokesman for 80-year-old Dylan said the allegation was false, pointing out that the 56-year-old allegation is untrue and “will be vigorously defended.” The spokesman said.
The accuser, JC, now 68 years old and residing in Greenwich, said she is seeking unspecified damages. There is no indication if the case would be settled out of court or if they would proceed to trial. However, from all indications, JC seems determined to see the case to a realistic conclusion, because according to her, only this would give her closure.
Bob Dylan emerged on the music scene from the Greenwich Village folk genre in the early 1960s and quickly rose to become one of the most acclaimed music artists of the rock era with numerous hit singles and albums to his name, such as Blowin’ in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone.
Since the ’60s till date, Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, has sold more than 125 million records globally, helping him cement his status as one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with numerous award nominations and wins to show for it, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, ten Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. In addition, Dylan has published eight books of drawings and paintings, and much of his work has been exhibited in major art galleries.
Aside from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016, Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
In 2020, He released his 39th studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, coming 58 years after the release of his first album.
The lawsuit alleges that the Blowin’ in the Wind “befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff who was 12 years old at the time.” And according to the court papers as obtained by journalists, Dylan is accused of grooming JC over six weeks and intoxicated her to lower her inhibitions as part of his plans to molest her sexually.
Bob Dylan is not the first celebrity or entertainment icon that has experienced accusation of sexual abuse or rape in recent times. This is coming on the back of comedian and entertainment mogul Bill Cosby bagging jail time and multiple award-winning songwriter and performer, R. Kelly, who is currently having his day in court.