Lawsuit alleges Bob Dylan sexually assaulted 12-year-old in 1965
A lawsuit filed in New York on Friday claims American singer-songwriter and Minnesota-born Bob Dylan sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in 1965, according to Hubbard sister-station KSTP.
According to court documents, Dylan allegedly befriended the girl, who was 12 years old at the time, over six weeks between April and May in 1965. Identified in the lawsuit as J.C., she and Dylan "established an emotional connection" sexually, and he allegedly abused her multiple times with the provision of "drugs, alcohol, and threats of physical violence," the filing reads.
Dylan allegedly used his status as a musician by "grooming J.C. to gain her trust" and "obtain control over her as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse J.C.," the complaint states.
Due to the alleged abuse, J.C. sustained physical and psychological injuries, including "severe emotional and psychological distress, humiliation, fright, disassociation, anger, depression, anxiety, personal turmoil and loss of faith, a severe shock to her nervous system, physical pain and mental anguish, and emotional and psychological damage."
The woman, who now resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.
The complaint was filed before the expiration of a one-year window in New York state opened by the Child Victims Act, which allowed adults to sue for alleged child sexual abuse regardless of when the purported conduct occurred.
KSTP has reached out to Dylan’s attorney but has not yet heard back.