Woman Drops Lawsuit Accusing Dylan of Abuse

Musician's lawyers said accuser destroyed evidence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2021 6:05 PM CDT
Updated Jul 29, 2022 4:10 PM CDT
Lawsuit Accuses Bob Dylan of Abusing Girl, 12, in 1965
In this Feb. 6, 2015 photo, Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)

Update: A lawsuit accusing Bob Dylan of sexual abuse in the 1960s has been permanently dropped. The musician's lawyers had said in a hearing Thursday that the woman who filed the suit had destroyed evidence and compromised the case, Billboard reports. His accuser then asked the federal judge to dismiss her suit. “This case is over," said Orin Snyder, Dylan's lead attorney. "It is outrageous that it was ever brought in the first place." The woman's attorneys did not immediately comment. Our original story from August 2021 follows:

A lawsuit accusing Bob Dylan of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 1965 was filed on Friday—the day before the "look-back" window in New York state's Child Victims Act was closed. The lawsuit accuses Dylan of grooming, sexually abusing, and threatening violence against the plaintiff over a period of six weeks in April and May 56 years ago, USA Today reports. The musician, who turned 80 in May, would have been 23 or 24 years old at the time. The lawsuit filed by lawyer Daniel W. Isaacs accuses Dylan of "predatory, sexual, and unlawful acts," some of which allegedly took place at his Chelsea Hotel apartment in New York City.

According to the lawsuit, Dylan "exploited his status as a musician" to gain the plaintiff's trust and also provided her with drugs and alcohol. Under the New York law, people who said they were sexually abused as children were allowed to file civil lawsuits long after the statute of limitations had expired. The lawsuit identifies the plaintiff as " JC," a 68-year-old woman who now lives in Connecticut, the Guardian reports. The suit is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. The lawsuit states that the alleged abuse left her "emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day." A Dylan spokesman says the "56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended." (More Bob Dylan stories.)

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