A lawsuit has been filed which alleges that Bob Dylan sexually abused a lady when she was 12 years in 1965.
The lady, who filed the lawsuit, was referred to, in court documents, as J.C.
She alleged that the incident happened over a period of six weeks between April and May 1965.
The lady claimed that Dylan used his influence as a musician to drug her before assaulting her sexually.
She stated: “Dylan exploited his status as a musician to provide J.C. with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times.”
The plaintiff also accused the 80-year-old musician of physically threatening the plaintiff then.
According to the complaint: “Dylan established a “connection” with JC to “lower her 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 incident, according to the lawsuit, happened at the Dylan’s apartment in New York’s famous Chelsea Hotel,
The spokesperson for Dylan said: “The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”
JC, who now lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, said that Dylan caused her severe psychological damage and emotional trauma.
She is now seeking unspecified damages plus a jury trial for allegations of assault, battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress, whose aftermath has led her to seek medical treatment on multiple occasions.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday a day before the window for filing claims under New York State’s Child Victims Act closed.
The act allowed victims of abuse to sue their suspected attackers irrespective of the age of the claims or whether the statute of limitations had passed.
In the same vein, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew, was last week sued for alleged sexual abise of late US financier, Jeffrey Epstein, using the act.
Dylan is widely considered to be the greatest singer-songwriter of all time. His most notable works include “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” and “Like A Rolling Stone.”
He came to limelight in New York in the early 1960s and has record of selling over 125 million records around the globe.
In 2016, Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.
Last year, he released his 39th studio album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” – 58 years after the release of his first album.
And last month, Dylan won a lawsuit over the profits made last year from the $300m sale of his song catalogue to Universal Music as a Manhattan supreme court judge ruled in his favour.