Bob Dylan accuser drops sexual harassment lawsuit



A woman who sued Bob Dylan for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was 12 dropped the case immediately after the folk-rock artist’s legal team accused her of destroying evidence.

Last August, an unnamed plaintiff who was identified only as JC filed a lawsuit alleging that Dylan offended her for six weeks from April to May 1965.

It alleged that Dylan “used his status as a musician” to procure “alcohol and drugs and repeatedly sexually abuse her” at Manhattan’s famed Chelsea Hotel.

The lawsuit also accuses Dylan, who turned 81 in May, of physically threatening a girl.

At that time the representative Dylanborn Robert Zimmerman, called the accusation “incorrect”.

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

On Thursday, Dylan’s lawyers said the plaintiff had dropped the case. Lawyers for the plaintiff did not immediately respond to the appeal. AFP comment request.

“This case is closed,” Dylan’s lead attorney, Orin Snyder, said in a statement released to AFP. β€œIt’s outrageous that this was ever brought in at all. We are pleased that the plaintiff has abandoned this deception of lawyers and that the case has been dismissed with prejudice.”

The plaintiff’s lawsuit was filed last summer, a day before the window for filing claims under the New York State Child Victims Law closed.

The law allowed victims of abuse to sue their alleged attackers regardless of the age of the claims or the statute of limitations.

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