Iconic musician Bob Dylan has been accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old woman a number of occasions in 1965, with the alleged sufferer claiming over 50 years later that she has been left “psychologically broken.”
A lawsuit was filed in opposition to 80-year-old Dylan on Friday on behalf of the unnamed 68-year-old sufferer, alleging that the musician – who was on the time both 23 or 24 – had groomed her over six weeks, in accordance with The Guardian, which obtained a replica of the grievance.
Dylan, whose beginning title is Robert Allen Zimmerman, “exploited his standing as a musician by grooming [the victim] to achieve her belief and to acquire management over her as a part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse [her],” the lawsuit claimed, earlier than accusing him of utilizing medicine, alcohol, and “threats of bodily violence” to “decrease her inhibitions.”
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The alleged sequence of incidents has additionally left the lady “emotionally scarred and psychologically broken to today,” affected by “everlasting and lasting natures,” together with despair and anxiousness, which have stopped her “from attending her common actions.”
The abuse allegedly befell between the discharge of Dylan’s fifth and sixth albums – ‘Bringing It All Again Dwelling’ and ‘Freeway 61 Revisited’ – and a number of the alleged incidents have been stated to have occurred at Manhattan’s Chelsea Lodge.
In line with The Guardian, the complainant is searching for damages from Dylan and costs for assault, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional misery, amongst others.
Dylan, nonetheless, has denied the allegations, calling them “unfaithful” and including they “can be vigorously defended.”
Many social media customers and followers of Dylan got here to the musician’s protection, declaring that he was on tour within the West Coast after which London, England when the cited incidents allegedly befell.
“You solely must do some fairly easy analysis to know that this story, a minimum of on the dates nominated, did not occur,” argued leisure reporter Peter Ford. “Odd that Dylan’s individuals have not launched an announcement to that impact.”
Others, nonetheless, described the accusations in opposition to Dylan as “horrifying” and “grim,” and condemned makes an attempt to discredit the accuser.
“Ideas with all sexual abuse survivors immediately as they watch individuals fall over themselves to attempt shield a person they by no means met, as a result of it is going to damage their childhood concepts of him,” tweeted one girl, whereas one other wrote, “Should you appreciated Dylan now is a good time to maintain that to your self.”
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