Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan allegedly groomed and sexually abused a 12-year-old lady a number of occasions when he was residing at New York Metropolis’s Chelsea Lodge in 1965, a bombshell lawsuit states.
The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Courtroom, states that in a six-week interval between April and Might 1965, Dylan “exploited his standing as a musician” to realize the belief of a younger lady recognized in courtroom filings solely as “J.C.,” in accordance with the lawsuit, a replica of which was supplied to The Day by day Beast by J.C.’s lawyer, Daniel Isaacs.
“Dylan exploited his standing as a musician by grooming J.C. to realize her belief and procure management over her as a part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse J.C.,” the go well with claims.
J.C. claims she “suffered and continues to endure from emotional and bodily damage, together with, however not restricted to, critical and extreme psychological misery, anguish, humiliation, and embarrassment, in addition to financial losses,” the submitting states.
“Defendant Dylan engaged in outrageous conduct in the direction of Plaintiff with the intention to trigger, or with reckless disregard for the likelihood of inflicting, Plaintiff to endure extreme emotional misery,” it explains, including that she stays “emotionally scarred and psychologically broken to this present day.”
The enduring 81-year-old singer-songwriter, whose given identify is Robert Allen Zimmerman, is accused of plying the pre-teen with alcohol and medicines earlier than sexually assaulting her a number of occasions at his residence within the notorious Chelsea Lodge in Manhattan. The lawsuit obtained by The Day by day Beast additionally claims that the “Like a Rolling Stone” artist, who would have been 23 or 24 on the time, bodily abused the lady.
J.C., who’s now 68, lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, in accordance with the lawsuit. She is looking for unspecified damages and a jury trial.
“I’d simply add that the grievance speaks for itself and we will show our allegations in a courtroom of regulation,” Isaacs instructed The Day by day Beast in an electronic mail.
The lawsuit is filed underneath New York’s Little one Sufferer Act, which briefly eradicated the statute of limitations to permit people alleging they had been sexually abused as minors to file lawsuits. The window for these lawsuits to be filed closed on Aug. 14, the day after J.C.’s go well with was filed. Though J.C. resides in Connecticut, she filed the go well with in New York as a result of the alleged abuse passed off there.
Dylan’s supervisor and agent didn’t instantly reply to The Day by day Beast’s request for remark, however a spokesperson for Dylan instructed the New York Daily News and Pitchfork that the “56-year-old declare is unfaithful and shall be vigorously defended.”
The alleged abuse occurred the identical 12 months Dylan’s fifth album, Bringing It All Again Residence, was launched. One of the crucial commemorated musicians in historical past, Dylan additionally boasts a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer.