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Alamy Stock Photo File image of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 1987.
# US lawsuit
Bob Dylan sued for allegedly sexually abusing girl in 1965
The lawsuit alleges that Dylan abused the plaintiff over a six-week period when she was 12.

BOB DYLAN HAS been sued in a New York court by a woman who says the singer-songwriter sexually abused her almost 60 years ago when she was 12.

The lawsuit filed on Friday alleges that Dylan abused the plaintiff, referred to in court documents as J.C, over a six-week period between April and May 1965.

It says Dylan “exploited his status as a musician to provide J.C. with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times”.

The suit also accused Dylan, who turned 80 in May, of physically threatening the girl.

The alleged abuse took place at the apartment Dylan owned in New York’s famous Chelsea Hotel, according to the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for Dylan, whose real name is Robert Zimmerman, said “the 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”

The accuser, who now lives in Connecticut, says Dylan caused her “severe psychological damage and emotional trauma”. She is seeking unspecified damages.

The lawsuit was filed a day before the window for filing claims under New York State’s Child Victims Act closed.

The act allowed victims of abuse to sue their alleged attackers irrespective of the age of the claims or whether the statute of limitations had passed.

Last week, an accuser of Jeffrey Epstein used the act to sue Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew, for alleged sexual abuse.

Dylan’s most notable songs include Blowin’ In The Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin’ and Like A Rolling Stone.

He emerged onto the folk scene in New York in the early 1960s and has sold more than 125 million records around the world.

In 2016, Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Last year he released his 39th studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, 58 years after the release of his first.

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