Bob Dylan is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 1965

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The Paper's reporter Cheng Qianqian compiled

According to CNN, The Guardian and other foreign media reported on August 16, according to a lawsuit filed on August 13, Nobel Prize winner and famous singer Bob Dylan sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in 1965, gave her drugs and alcohol, and abused her for more than 6 weeks.

Bob Dylan is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 1965

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According to Supreme Court documents in Manhattan, New York, obtained by The Guardian, the legendary rock and folk singer "became friends with the plaintiff and forged an emotional connection," calling her only "J.C." And lured and assaulted her for six weeks in April and May 1965.

J.C. Is now 68 years old and currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. She alleges in the lawsuit that Dylan, who was 23 or 24 at the time, "used his position as a musician to gain the trust of J.C. and took control of her, sexually torturing and abusing her."

According to the lawsuit, Dylan forged a "connection" with J. .C. to "alleviate her resistance to the subject of the sexual assault, which he did, and offered the threat of drugs, alcohol, and physical violence, leaving her with emotional trauma and psychological harm that continues to this day."

The lawsuit alleges that Dylan (real name Robert Alan Zimmerman) abused the plaintiffs on multiple occasions, some of which took place at the famous Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York. According to the indictment, the emotional effects of the abuse on J.C. included depression, humiliation, and anxiety, "which are of a permanent and lasting nature that prevent the plaintiff from participating in regular activities."

When CNN contacted J.C., J.C.'s attorney declined to say how she met with Dylan or to elaborate on the nature of the sexual abuse allegations.

"The indictment speaks for itself. We will prove all allegations in court. Lawyer Daniel Isaacs said, "The lawsuit was brought after extensive investigation and thorough scrutiny, and there is no doubt that she was with him at the Chelsea Hotel at the time." ”

J.C. said in the lawsuit that she has been and will continue to suffer "severe mental pain, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment, as well as financial losses" and sought compensation and punitive damages from Dylan.

The lawsuit was filed one day before the New York Child Victims Act expires on August 14, 2021. The Child Victims Act, passed by New York State in 2019, provides a limited window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against perpetrators, regardless of the year. J.C.'s attorney told CNN that the lawsuit was filed under the bill, which gave her "the opportunity to seek compensation."

Dylan's spokesman, 80, told The Guardian on Aug. 16 that "this allegation about what happened 56 years ago is not true and Dylan will be vigorously defended." ”

Just last month, a manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled in Dylan's favor in a lawsuit that had nothing to do with Dylan. The lawsuit involves Dylan selling his song catalog to Universal Music for $300 million last year.

Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and was formerly known as Robert Allen Zimmerman. On May 24 this year, Dylan turned 80 years old.

During his career, he sold more than 125 million records. His best-known songs include "Times Are Changing," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "Drifting in the Wind."

In 2008, Dylan received the Pulitzer Prize for "the extraordinary poetic power of his lyrical works, which had a profound impact on popular music and American culture." In 2016, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for "creating new poetic expressions in the great American song tradition."

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