Peter, Paul and Mary Singer Accused of Raping a Minor

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Folk singer Peter Yarrow of has been accused of raping an underage girl in his hotel room in 1969.

The Peter, Paul and Mary star was slapped with a lawsuit that was brought to the New York Supreme Court through the Child Victims Act, which allows victims to file claims against their alleged abusers regardless of how long ago the incidents occurred until August 14, 2021.  

Yarrow, now 82, has been accused of sexual abuse of a child, negligence, assault, battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Deborah Martin alleges that she was a fan who met Yarrow several times at performances, and “took an interest in her,” in a manner she believed to be “paternal.” She now accuses him of “grooming” her to become his victim.  

In 1969, Martin ran away from her St. Paul, Minnesota home and phoned Yarrow, who told her to meet him at a hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The singer “booked and paid for” a room, then reportedly raped Martin, who was underage at the time, inside of it. The next day he bought her a plane ticket home.  

“As a direct result of the Yarrow’s conduct, Martin suffered and will continue to suffer great pain of mind and body, conscious pain and suffering, psychological suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, severe and permanent emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress,” the suit claims.

The lawsuit also names the the music group Peter, Paul and Mary as liable for neglecting their duty to “conduct appropriate and proper hiring, screening, and retention practices to prevent the hiring and retention of those who may pose a risk of harm, including but not limited to sexual abuse as well as emotional abuse, to minors.”

The allegations against Yarrow are seemingly not out of character. In 1970, he was convicted of taking “indecent liberties” against a 14-year-old girl in a Washington D.C. hotel room.  

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Brian
Brian
1 year ago

Another person who waited way past what would have been the right time to come forward.

jimbosidecar
jimbosidecar
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

as a victim myself, I can understand the wait. It’s something you don’t want to admit to or face up to ever. But unlike this victim I didn’t travel to get abused it came to me. And when I finally did file a lawsuit it was mainly to inflict as much public humiliation and shame to the perpetrater. So, moral of the story don’t judge until you walked a mike in their shoes.

Owen Bart
Owen Bart
1 year ago

Why not wait another 50 years to report it,seriously

Anti communism
Anti communism
1 year ago

It’s a case of he said she said. The emotional pain inflicted could no have been as bad as she says as she never complained until some lawyer with an immoral pra tice could see the green and convinced her to sue.

Gerard
Gerard
1 year ago
Reply to  Anti communism

No it’s a case of a pedophile taking advantage of a 14 year old girl. Who are you to say the emotional pain could not have been bad because she didn’t report it. Many adult women don’t report it because what they have to go through in court. They are made out to be whores that asked for it.

done appeasing
done appeasing
1 year ago
Reply to  Gerard

52 frigg’n years later?!
Come back to reality!

Mark Brickey
Mark Brickey
1 year ago
Reply to  Gerard

Oh,my GOD, snowflake!!! If each of us dug back 50 years we could ALL find something like this! Let’s all lay on the couch and bawl about how abusive our parents were, how uncle Joe tickled a bit too hard, how we played “doctor” with our older sisters & cousins… ALL snowflake crimes now, ALL part of growing up as kids 50 years ago!!!

Sharon Skowron
Sharon Skowron
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Brickey

Wait, What? Don’t know what happened in your past Mark , but I don’t remember having an adult force his penis into my body when I was 14. Don’t know about you, but wouldn’t consider that just apart of growing up 50 or even 150 yrs ago.

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharon Skowron

Maybe you were too damned ugly! This is BS and you know it. 52 freaking years later. She has no case and no way to prove anything. Guarantee no hotel records are available even if that hotel is even still standing. No videos etc.. She has no case ! Bye

Robert L Kaufman
Robert L Kaufman
1 year ago
Reply to  Anti communism

Normally, I would agree with you, but in this case, recall that he has already been convicted of similar conduct in the same time period.

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
1 year ago

A member of the generation of “Free Love,” right?

Bley
Bley
1 year ago

WHY would she do this NOW? I’m no fan of Peter Paul and Mary…but good grief!!! 1969??? 52 years ago??? These women are ridiculous.

Doug
Doug
1 year ago

BIG BS story, it’s only about the ‘green’, and extremely hard to prove !!!

Ana
Ana
1 year ago

It is tragic for this to have happened, even worse for the victim to wait 52 years to come forward.

edi
edi
1 year ago
Reply to  Ana

Guaranteed she begged for his dick.

Robert L Kaufman
Robert L Kaufman
1 year ago
Reply to  edi

That really isn’t the point, is it? She was young and vulnerable, and legally incapable of making that decision. Peter should have simply said “no” to what you think was “begging,” and kept his “peter” to himself.

Jeff BROWN
Jeff BROWN
1 year ago

B.S.

ri spr
ri spr
1 year ago

why did they wait so long?

Robert L Kaufman
Robert L Kaufman
1 year ago
Reply to  ri spr

She wants money in the Me Too era. But that does not diminish or excuse his terrible conduct..

Laxmom
Laxmom
1 year ago

She’s got to be in her 60’s…now she comes forward claiming mental anguish and emotional distress? What took so long? I’m sorry but a little late to the party. Not condoning his criminal behavior, it’s disgusting, but ‘c’mon it’s not as though she just remembered she was raped…I question her motive.

Pissed Off American
Pissed Off American
1 year ago
Reply to  Laxmom

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Thomas Peavy
Thomas Peavy
1 year ago

Another Blood Sucking lawyer throwing something against the wall to see if it will stick or to get an out-of-court settlement to feather his bank account nest.

skippy
1 year ago

If he’s a Republican he’s done for.

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  skippy

Well he is White so that’s one strike against him in our modern environment.

Vladilyich
Vladilyich
1 year ago

Your “journalists” are really on the ball! Dredging up a 50-year-old story just because Yarrow is a registered Democrat.

Robert L Kaufman
Robert L Kaufman
1 year ago
Reply to  Vladilyich

Why are Democrats immune from responsibility for their crimes?

Robert Oziomek
1 year ago
Reply to  Vladilyich

They usually ignore demorats who do this stuff.

bob d
bob d
1 year ago
Reply to  Vladilyich

If the shoe fits……………

Elaine
1 year ago

It is tragic but 50 years is a long time to wait before you tell your story

Scotty
Scotty
1 year ago

Another smug liberal pervert rapist. What a surprise!
Mr. Yarrow is lucky it wasn’t my daughter.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  Scotty

Another keyboard Joe Biden tough guy. 145# senile Joe saying he’d whip Trump 235-245# guy behind the school gym.. Yeah o.k…

Joyce
Joyce
1 year ago
Reply to  Scotty

Who says it is true? We don’t know.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Scotty

She lucky Yarrow doesn’t call her antisemitic…

Robert L Kaufman
Robert L Kaufman
1 year ago

How sad. His is an icon in the industry, but, unfortunately, took advantage of his emotional position in vulnerable young girls’ minds to assault them. Mary would be appalled. Wonder what Paul thinks.

Robert Oziomek
1 year ago

Why did it take so long to bring it to the attention of authorities? Sounds made up for a money grab. Why is she the only one?

mike
mike
1 year ago

She apparently made it this far in life. I don’t condone rape but come on 1969. I would think this should be thrown out.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  mike

But Social Security don’t pay that good.

Goldengekko
Goldengekko
1 year ago

1969? Girls didn’t fly on their own then or now without parental consent. Now at 64 she decides to speak!🤥

Johnny Pisoff
Johnny Pisoff
1 year ago

So where is the proof? Where is the D.N.A? How the hell am I supposed to figure out if this guy is guilty or not without seeing any evidence? This should have been reported 52 years ago.

Lois
1 year ago

Fourteen years old, met several times, calls & he rents hotel room in as paternal interest
and next day buys a plane ticket to go home?
How did she get there? A fourteen year old girl had money to buy a plane ticket to go
to wherever he was – we’re talking 1969?? This is disgusting. Why now??

Puddinhead
1 year ago

In 1969 there were no cell phones, how did she contact him assuming he had an unlisted number? She was an underage runaway, so who supported her traveling venue to venue?
She idolized him yet she has been emotionally traumatized for 52 years having gotten her most secret desire. She is suing the other group members “for not hiring the right people”.
What? It would seem that she has no proof of rape unless there is a child or a blue dress, and since both parties are well into there senior years, facts can be quite distorted.
Im not insensitive, I’m simply asking for some proof.

Teresa Barnes
Teresa Barnes
1 year ago

Martin just wants money. I was abused in multiple ways by my stepfather for 9 years. I chose to seek counseling and have been a productive citizen, wife and mother. The American dream is attainable if you are willing to work hard for it. Choose to be a survivor not a victim

Allen
Allen
1 year ago

Democrats don’t care that Bill Clinton raped and had “consensual” sex with minors. Now, of course if Yarrow were Bill Cosby they would be all over this.