American singer Bob Dylan sexual abuse case dropped

A woman who sued musician Bob Dylan for alleged sexual abuse when she was 12 years old dropped her case shortly after the folk-rock artist's legal team accused her of destroying proofs.

NEW YORK – A woman who sued musician Bob Dylan for alleged sexual abuse when she was 12 years old dropped her case shortly after the folk-rock artist’s legal team accused her of destroying proofs.

In August last year, the plaintiff, who remained anonymous and identified only as J.C., filed a lawsuit alleging that Dylan sexually assaulted her for a period of six weeks between April and May 1965.

It has been alleged that Dylan “exploited his status as a musician” to “provide alcohol and drugs and repeatedly sexually assaulted her” at the notorious Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan.

The lawsuit also accused Dylan, who turned 81 in May, of physically threatening the girl.

At the time, a spokesperson for Bob Dylan, real name Robert Zimmerman, called the allegation “false.”

In a letter Dylan’s legal team filed in federal court on Wednesday, they accused the plaintiff of deleting important text messages and suggested “financial penalties” were needed.

On Thursday, Dylan’s attorneys said the plaintiff had dropped the case. The plaintiff’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AFP.

“This case is over. It is outrageous that it was ever brought in the first place. We are pleased that the plaintiff has dropped this lawyer-driven sham and that the case has been dismissed with prejudice,” the lead counsel for Dylan, Orin Snyder, was quoted by AFP.

The plaintiff’s lawsuit was filed last summer, 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 alleged attackers irrespective of the age of the claims or whether the statute of limitations had passed.

  • Editor / additional report by AFP
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