Bob Dylan Drugged & Raped 12-Year-Old Child, New Suit Alleges
Singer accused of sexual assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress
Singer Bob Dylan allegedly groomed, kidnapped, drugged, and raped a 12-year-old girl repeatedly, according to a new lawsuit filed in New York.
Dylan is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing the child in 1965, the new suit in Manhattan Supreme Court states.
The now 65-year-old woman from Greenwich, Connecticut makes the allegations in a 13-page complaint filed at 9.31 pm on Friday.
The suit was filed less than three hours before New York's deadline for old childhood sex abuse lawsuits.
Dylan, now 81, would have been 23 at the time he allegedly threatened the girl with physical violence and left her "scarred and psychologically damaged to this day," the lawsuit claims.
The singer's spokesperson told Page Six: "This 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended."
Identified only by the initials J.C., the woman claims some of the alleged incidents took place at the singer's apartment in the Chelsea Hotel, which was once home to famous artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, and Joni Mitchell.
"Bob Dylan, over a six-week period between April and May of 1965 befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff," the lawsuit says.
It is alleged that Dylan used his fame to groom, gain the trust of and control the victim "as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse" her, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court papers.
J.C. has accused Dylan, whose real name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, of assault, battery, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress.
The 81-year-old has not been arrested in relation to the allegations
J.C., who now lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, claims in her 13-page lawsuit that the toll of the alleged abuse has been lasting and she has had to seek long-term medical treatment for them.
The lawsuit alleges Dylan established the "connection" to "lower [J.C.'s] inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol, and threats of physical violence, leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day."
The alleged abuse occurred multiple times, and some of the incidents took place at the famed Chelsea Hotel, the court documents claim.
According to the filing, J.C. says the emotional effects of the abuse have been long-lasting and that she has had to seek medical treatment for them.
The papers, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, claim the women suffered “severe emotional and psychological distress, humiliation, fright, disassociation, anger, depress anxiety, personal turmoil, and loss of faith.”
The suit claims the emotional effects "are of a permanent and lasting nature and have incapacitated plaintiff from attending her regular activities."
J.C. is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Her lawyer, Daniel Isaacs, told The New York Post by phone Monday, "The complaint speaks for itself."
In 1965 Dylan was enjoying huge success, releasing critically-acclaimed albums Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited that year alone.
The suit was filed on Friday before a deadline for historic claims of childhood abuse ended on Saturday.
Although the statute of limitations had initially passed for her allegations against Dylan, JC used New York's 2019 Child Victims Act, which allowed survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file claims regardless of when the abuse was alleged to have occurred.
It is the same act that saw Prince Andrew sued last week for rape and sexual assault of a minor in New York by his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
The Duke of York has previously emphatically denied her allegations.