A woman who accused Bob Dylan of sexually abusing her when she was 12 in 1965 has dropped her case against the singer, according to Dylan’s legal team.
The singer’s lead counsel Orin Snyder said in a statement Thursday that the case has been “dropped and dismissed with prejudice.”
“This case is over,” Snyder said. “It is outrageous that it was ever brought in the first place. We are pleased that the plaintiff has dropped this lawyer-driven sham.”
has reached out to the plaintiff’s attorney for comment.
On Wednesday, Snyder submitted a letter to Judge Katherine Failla of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York asking for case-ending and monetary sanctions after the plaintiff allegedly deleted communications pertinent to the case.
The missing communications suggest Dylan’s accuser “destroyed evidence directly relevant to the central factual allegations in this litigation, and that the evidence may be lost forever,” Snyder wrote.
In August 2021, the “Like a Rolling Stone” singer-songwriter, 81, whose real name is Robert Zimmerman, was accused of grooming, sexually abusing and threatening physical violence against the plaintiff, identified only as “JC” in court documents. The alleged abuse occurred multiple times over a six-week period between April and May 1965, with some incidents occurring in his Chelsea Hotel apartment in New York.
Legal documents obtained by at the time claimed Dylan “exploited his status as a musician” to illegally provide drugs and alcohol to the underage girl.
Bob Dylan sued for allegedly grooming, sexually abusing 12-year-old girl in 1965
“Dylan’s predatory, sexual and unlawful acts against Plaintiff amounted to a series of harmful and offensive contacts to Plaintiff’s person, all of which were done intentionally by him to her without her consent,” read the initial lawsuit, filed by lawyer Daniel W. Isaacs. .
A spokesperson for Dylan said in a statement at the time that “the 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”
The New York Child Victims Act, passed in 2019, opened up a window for people who claim they were sexually abused as children to file lawsuits against their alleged abuser, even though their allegations would otherwise be too old to prosecute due to the statute of limitations. . The “look-back” window in the law closed in August 2021, when the law expired. This lawsuit was filed the day before.
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Contributing: Jenna Ryu