Bob Dylan, best known for his song “Mr. Tambourine Man,” has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman. The Accuser stated that Bob assaulted her when she was 12 years old. Recently, the woman has opened up about the exact timeframes of the events, and she has received a response from Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan’s legal team is responding to allegations made last year by a woman that the artist groomed and sexually assaulted her as a kid. Dylan’s attorneys dismissed the woman’s case as a “fantastical and fictitious story being exploited for financial gain.”
Attorneys representing Dylan, allege in legal documents acquired by People on Thursday that the lawsuit in which the woman claims Dylan molested her when she was 12 years old in 1965 involves charges that are “untrue, ridiculous, and a chronological impossibility.” The document is an answer to an amended complaint filed on December 27.
“This case based on plaintiff’s alleged interactions with Bob Dylan more than 56 years ago is a brazen shakedown masquerading as a lawsuit. It was filed in bad faith for the improper purpose of extracting a huge payout on the threat of negative publicity. The allegation is false, malicious, reckless and defamatory. Mr. Dylan will not be extorted.”
Though J.C.’s first suit stated that the date was April and May of 1965, her subsequent lawsuit modified the period to “the spring” of that year, as historians pointed out that Dylan’s tours and other commitments kept him away from New York City during those months.
Attorneys defending Dylan’s case mentioned in their filings that J.C. has publicly claimed to have been abducted by aliens and to have the ability to communicate with animals, both live and dead, as well as insects and plants. Peter J. Gleason, the plaintiff’s attorney, told Rolling Stone and People that targeting J.C.’s belief in psychic phenomena was unfair.
“According to her own website, plaintiff is a psychic who specializes in ‘channeling’ the deceased loved ones of grieving families – for a fee.”
“Some people refer to Bob Dylan as a prophet. People have labels. More than half of Americans believe in psychic phenomena. If you’re going to attack somebody for their beliefs, you’re encroaching upon very dangerous territory. This is what this country is based on, freedom of beliefs. It shouldn’t divert our attention from the allegations. This case is about the facts.”
“What people have to realize is sometimes the artist and the individual are two very different people. The personal, inappropriate, ad hominem attacks by Dylan’s lawyer is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to shift the focus away from the allegations.”
According to her suit, J.C. currently lives in Connecticut and suffers from depression, anxiety, and other long-term psychiatric issues. The situation is becoming more complicated by the day. Dylan is over 80 years old and is still involved in the case he may or may not have done in the past. Keep an eye on Thirsty for more updates on this story.
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