Recent reports have revealed that an unnamed woman has sued the folk singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, for alleged sexual abuse. A civil lawsuit was filed against the singer on Friday (August 13) with the New York Supreme Court.
The woman identified only as JC has claimed that she was sexually abused by Bob Dylan, who also gave her alcohol and drugs in 1965 when she was 12 years old. She added that Dylan sexually abused her at his New York apartment over a six-week period "leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day".
The lawsuit added that Dylan, who was in his mid-20s at the time, "exploited his status as a musician to provide JC with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times." According to the court submitted documents, the plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.
The singer. now 80 years old, is accused of assault, battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress. Dylan's spokesman said the allegations were false. "The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended," the spokesman told BBC.
Notably, Dylan gained fame in the 1960s and become one most acclaimed and influential artists of the rock era with hit songs including Blowin' in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone. He has sold more than 125 million records globally and has even been honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. In 2012, he was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the then US President Barack Obama.
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