The highly controversial lawsuit that Bob Dylan sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in New York in 1965 has been “withdrawn” by the accuser, lawyers for the singer-songwriter announced Thursday.
The dismissal came just days after the 69-year-old accuser, identified in the lawsuit as JC, fired her attorneys amid key discovery delays in the case.
The original lawsuit, filed last August, claimed Dylan had “befriended” the accuser and gained her trust by exploiting her celebrity status. He claimed the musician knocked the girl out with alcohol and drugs and sexually assaulted her for six weeks in April and May 1965 at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan.
After Dylan historians claimed the musician was away from New York for his Do not look back touring the UK from late April until at least May 10 of that year, the accuser filed an amended complaint extending her period to “the spring” of 1965.
In a January response filing, Dylan’s attorneys blasted the lawsuit as a ‘ridiculous’ cash grab from a ‘psychic’ who once said she was ‘abducted by aliens and piloting their ship. spatial”.
“This case – based on the plaintiff’s alleged interactions with Bob Dylan more than 56 years ago – is a shameless shakedown disguised as a trial. It was filed in bad faith for the illegitimate purpose of extracting a huge payout under threat of negative publicity. The allegation is false, malicious, reckless and defamatory. Mr. Dylan will not be extorted,” the lawyers wrote.
After the takedown, Dylan’s attorney, Orin Snyder, released a statement saying, “This case is over. It’s outrageous that it was ever introduced in the first place. We are pleased that the plaintiff abandoned this legal sham and that the case was dismissed with prejudice.