Bob Dylan Faces Criminal Charges For Sexually Abusing A Minor

American rock singer and musician Bob Dylan was sued in New York for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 1965, when he had started climbing the ladder of fame.

Dylan was 24 years old when the alleged assault happened, and he was living the peak of his musical career. He released some of his most famous songs during that period, like ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ (1963) and ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’ (1964), which became the anthems of anti-war and civil rights movements. ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ was released in 1965, which was also the year of the alleged assault.

The plaintiff claimed that Bob Dylan had met the 12-year-old girl in 1965 and formed an emotional connection. For six weeks, Dylan allegedly sexually abused the minor and caused physical and emotional trauma that lasted until this day. They not only complained about sexual abuse but also claimed that Dylan had given a minor alcohol and drugs.

Here is how the plaintiff presented the incident to the court:

“As set forth below the defendant, Robert Allen Zimmerman a/k/a Bob Dylan, over a six-week period between April and May of 1965 befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff, J.C., to lower her inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol and, threats of physical violence, leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.”

New York Child Victim Act was established in 2019 that allowed victims to come forward and complain about their abuse no matter how long ago it happened. The Child Victim Act allowed more than 3,000 survivors to get justice. It was supposed to expire on January 14, 2021, but the US Governor extended the date to August 14, 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The victim sued Dylan one day before this Act expired.