Bob Dylan is being sued by a woman who alleges she was “sexually molested and abused” by the musician at 12 years old, back in 1965. The musician (born Robert Allan Zimmerman) was accused in a lawsuit filed in NY of sexually abusing a child at his Chelsea Hotel apartment in 1965 after giving her both drugs and alcohol.

The lawsuit states that the now-80-year-old Dylan groomed the girl — who filed the lawsuit under the initials J.C. — for six weeks prior to the assault, “leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.” The lawsuit states that Dylan, then 24 years old, “exploited his status as a musician” to gain her trust “as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse J.C.”  J.C,  now 65 and living in Connecticut, alleges that she suffers from depression, anxiety and other psychological damages of “permanent and lasting natures” that have “incapacitated” her from her regular activities. She’s seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.

A spokesperson for Dylan denied the allegations, saying in a statement: “The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.” In a response to the spokesperson’s statement, J.C.’s attorney Daniel Isaacs said: “We look forward to seeing them in a court of law. The complaint speaks for itself. We will prove the allegations in a court of law.”

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