Bob Dylan is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl at his Chelsea Hotel apartment in 1965. The girl, known only as J.C. sued Dylan on Friday at the tale-end of the New York Child Victim’s Act look-back window. The legendary musician, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in 2012, allegedly gave the girl drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting her.
The lawsuit claims that the now 81-year-old “Blowin’ in the Wind” musician used his star power to lure the 12-year-old girl to his apartment “as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse.” At the time, he gave the tween “drugs and alcohol before sexually abusing her at his Chelsea Hotel apartment,” the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit against Bob Dylan claimed that “over a six-week period between April and May of 1965,” the icon “befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff” in order to “low [J.C.’s] inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her.” The victim, who is not 65 years old, claims “he did” abuse her, “coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol, and threats of physical violence.”
The filing alleged that the six-week period left “her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.” Bob Dylan allegedly sexually abused the 12-year-old multiple times.
According to J.C., the abuse had long-lasting emotional effects that changed the course of her life. The lawsuit claims that the woman was forced to seek medical treatment after the alleged abuse and throughout her life. The suit also claimed that the physical and emotional consequences “are of a permanent and lasting nature and have incapacitated plaintiff from attending her regular activities.”
The current filing detailed that J.C. is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial against Bob Dylan. Dylan is worth over $340 million, according to reports.
A spokesman for the 81-year-old “Like a Rolling Stone” singer said that “this 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.” Bob Dylan has not personally commented on the allegations.
Daniel Isaacs, the lawyer representing J.C. said that “the complaint speaks for itself.” No further statement regarding the lawsuit has been made.
The victim is a 65-year-old woman from Greenwich, Conn. At the time of the alleged incident, J.C. would have been 12 years old and Dylan would have been about 24. It wasn’t immediately clear how Dylan and the victim were connected. Questions regarding the young girl’s parentage have been brought up. Fans on social media questioned why the young girl’s family wasn’t more involved.
A debate on Twitter is raging over the 12-year-old girl’s responsibility as a victim to speak up about the alleged abuse. Many fans of Bob Dylan said that coming out over 56 years later is too long of a wait. Some claim the rise of the #MeToo movement and cancel culture has made it far too alluring for people to proclaim false accusations against wealthy and famous individuals.
“Oh please,” one Twitter user wrote. “How much money does she want? Must be broke.”
Another said: “Here we go again. Bob Dylan sued for allegedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 1965.” One fan wrote that “In 1965, Bob Dylan was more focused on touching an electric guitar than anything.”
One fan of Dylan’s wrote in an extremely demeaning post: “Another f—king bulls—t Cosby charge 56 years [later].”
Others used Twitter to spread a different message. Jason Plotch defended the victim, sarcastically pointing out that “Yeah, I’m sure in 1965 the odds were favorable for a 12-year-old against Bob Dylan. Do you suggest she keep it to herself now?”
It was suggested that the victim stayed silent for years because of altered perception around sexual abuse victims. Decades ago, victims found it hard to come forward and were often demeaned, silenced, or further abused.
The Bob Dylan lawsuit arrives days after Virginia Roberts sued Prince Andrew for alleged sexual assault and statutory rape. Both cases were filed just before the deadline of the New York Child Victim’s Act look-back window signed into law by former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.