Bob Dylan sexual abuse accuser drops case

ONE lawsuit assert Bob Dylan sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in 1965 has been dropped.

In a hearing Thursday (July 28), the unidentified accuser — referred to only as “JC” in court documents — asked that the case be dismissed “with prejudice.” The sudden action came after the defense team alleged that the plaintiff deleted crucial messages related to the case.

The original lawsuit, filed in August 2021, accused Dylan of abusing the woman more than 50 years ago, supplying her with drugs and alcohol, threatening her with physical violence and leaving her “emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.”

The singer-songwriter’s lawyers were quick to categorize the case as a “cheeky shakeup masquerading as a lawsuit,” alleging that the woman’s lawyers were just looking “to profit from this fraudulent lawsuit.” Dylan’s representatives expressed similar opinions about the case’s dismissal.

“This case is over. It is outrageous that it was ever brought in the first place,” Dylan’s attorney said in a statement to Billboard. “We are pleased that the plaintiff has dropped this lawyer-driven sham and that the case has been dismissed with prejudice.”

Elements of the case had become more and more complicated in the days leading up to the dismissal.

At a hearing on July 15, the judge warned the plaintiff’s lawyers that they could face serious consequences if they did not turn over emails and text messages that had been requested in the case.

Days later, the prosecutor fired her lawyers, a move by Dylan’s legal team characterized as “designed to evade demands for the production of documents and the threat of sanctions.” Dylan’s lawyers later claimed that the plaintiff permanently destroyed the emails and text messages in question.

The decision to dismiss the case “with prejudice” means it will be permanently closed and cannot be filed again.

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