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Bob Dylan’s sex abuse lawsuit dismissed after plaintiff drops case

The plaintiff voluntarily dropped the case on Thursday, according to court documents. Manhattan federal judge Katherine Polk Failla formally dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning the case cannot be refiled.

Dylan’s attorneys claimed Wednesday that the plaintiff failed to produce court-ordered documents, including text messages and emails. Dylan’s attorneys said the plaintiff, now a woman in her 60s identified in the lawsuit by the initials “JC”, “destroyed evidence directly relevant to the central factual allegations in this litigation.”

Orin Snyder, Dylan’s lead attorney, said: “This case is over. It’s outrageous that it was ever brought in the first place.” He added that the case was a “sham carried out by a lawyer” and he was delighted with its rejection.

The 2021 lawsuit accused Dylan of befriending the plaintiff, “to lower her inhibitions for the purpose of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the supply of drugs, alcohol and threats of physical violence, leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.”

The lawsuit alleged that the abuse took place at Dylan’s apartment at the Chelsea Hotel in New York when the plaintiff was 12 years old.
Bob Dylan’s sex abuse lawsuit dismissed after plaintiff drops case

In a statement after the lawsuit was filed last year, a spokesperson for Dylan said the 56-year-old’s “claim is false and will be vigorously defended.”

CNN has contacted the plaintiff’s attorneys for comment.

Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota in 1940.

He has sold over 125 million records during his career. Some of his most famous songs include “The Times They Are a-Changin'”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, and “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

In 2008, Dylan won a special Pulitzer Prize citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power”. In 2016, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature for “creating new poetic expressions in the great tradition of American song”.


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