Legendary singer Bob Dylan was accused of sexually abusing a minor during a “six-week period” in 1965, and now his anonymous victim said the period of time the songwriter molested her actually occurred over “several months.”
“Unless expressly admitted, all allegations in the Complaint are denied,” Dylan’s legal team responded.
His accuser, who is now 68-years-old, and is only identified in a lawsuit she filed in August by the initials “J.C.,” recently amended her complaint to reflect the extended period of time.
“The amended complaint recycles the same fabricated claims as the original complaint filed in August,” Dylan’s spokesperson said. “They were as false then as they are now. We will pursue all legal options, including pursuing sanctions against the attorneys behind this shameful, defamatory and opportunistic case.”
J.C.’s attorney, Peter Gleason shot back that “Bob Dylan, the so-called voice of a generation should not, through his spokesperson, seek to divert attention from the issue at hand. While Dylan will have his opportunity to defend the allegations, allowing his spokesperson to threaten the victim’s attorneys is deplorable.”
The original filing said that Dylan, 80, “befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff” after her 12th birthday, gave her drugs and alcohol, and used “threats of physical violence,” to sexually abuse her multiple times at his apartment throughout the time frame.
J.C. filed the suit on the last day of New York Child Victims’ Act, which allowed victims who were minors at the time they were abused to file claims outside of the statutes of limitations.
When the complaint was originally filed, Dylan’s lawyers called it “a fantastical and fictitious story,” and claimed that the musician was touring out of the country during the time of the alleged abuse.
“The allegation is false, malicious, reckless and defamatory. Mr. Dylan will not be extorted,” his lawyers said in August. “Mr. Dylan will vigorously defend himself against these lawyer-driven lies and seek redress against all those responsible, including by seeking monetary sanctions against persons responsible for manufacturing and bringing this abusive lawsuit.”