A lawsuit alleges that singer and song writer Bob Dyan, then 23, groomed a then 12-year-old girl over a six week period between April and May of 1965 before abusing her. The lawsuit alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.
According to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the “Like a Rolling Stone” singer established a “connection” to lower the her inhibitions. Further it asserts that he provided her drugs and alcohol and threatened violence before sexually abusing her repeatedly.
The woman, now 68, lives in Greenwich. She is referred to only as “JC” in the lawsuit, which asserts that she suffers from depression, anxiety disassociation and physical pain as a result of the folk singer’s actions. She seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.
She claimed that some of the alleged incidents occurred at the singer’s apartment at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, which has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists and actors.
Dylan, now is now 81 and has 10 Grammy Awards, was born “Robert Allen Zimmerman.”
According to The Post, through a spokesperson he said the claims were untrue and would be “vigorously defended.”
The lawsuit was filed on Friday, just before the Aug 14th closure of the New York’s “Child Victims Act” look back window. The Look Back Act extended the statute of limitations for reporting sex abuse and filing lawsuits. Victims had a one-year window to sue regardless of how far back an offense occurred.