Music legend’s spokesman says the allegations brought by an unnamed woman were false and will be ‘vigorously defended’.
An unnamed woman has sued folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, alleging he sexually abused her after giving her drugs and alcohol in 1965 when she was 12 years old.
A spokesman for Dylan, 80, said the allegations were false. “The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended,” the spokesman said.
In a civil lawsuit filed late on Friday with the New York Supreme Court, the woman – identified only as J C – said Dylan sexually abused her at his New York apartment over a six-week period between April and May in 1965, “leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day”.
The suit also accused Dylan of physically threatening the girl.
Dylan, who was in his mid-20s at the time, “exploited his status as a musician to provide J.C. with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times”, the lawsuit said.
The accuser, who now lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, said Dylan caused her “severe psychological damage and emotional trauma”.
The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages. Her lawsuit was submitted just ahead of a New York State deadline, authorised in a 2019 law, for people to file legal claims involving allegations of sexual abuse of children that in the past were too old to pursue because of a statute of limitations.
Dylan emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s to become one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of the rock era with hits including Blowin’ in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone.
He has sold more than 125 million records globally. 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.