Last year, a woman accused Bob Dylan of sexually abusing her in New York City on multiple occasions decades ago when she was just 12. She alleged that she met Dylan in April 1965, and that over a six-week period he gave her drugs and alcohol and sexually abused her at his apartment in New York City’s Chelsea Hotel.
Her timeline for when the alleged abuse happened, however, led a Dylan historian to question her accusation. Bob Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin said that during the period that the songwriter was accused of abusing the alleged victim, “Dylan was touring England during that time, and was in Los Angeles for two of those weeks, plus a day or two at Woodstock. The tour was 10 days, but Bob flew into London on April 26 and arrived back in New York on June 3… If Dylan was in New York in mid-April, it was for no more than a day or two. Woodstock was where he spent most of his time when not touring. And if he was in NYC, he invariably stayed at his manager’s apartment in Gramercy, not the Chelsea.”
Now, according to Page Six, the accuser has expanded the timeframe for when the abuse allegedly occurred, new court papers show. The alleged victim’s lawyer, Daniel Isaacs, amended his client’s lawsuit saying the alleged abuse occurred “over a period of several months in the spring of 1965.”
A spokesperson for Dylan said: “The amended complaint recycles the same fabricated claims as the original complaint filed in August. They were as false then as they are now. We will pursue all legal options, including pursuing sanctions against the attorneys behind this shameful, defamatory and opportunistic case.”
The victim — identified as “J.C.” in court documents — filed her case on the eve of the conclusion of New York Child Victims’ Act’s two-year look-back period, which allowed victims of childhood abuse to bring claims even if their allegations had long-since passed outside the statute of limitations.