A string of high-profile men have been linked to horrific acts of sexual misconduct in recent years, and new allegations continue to surface.
Most recently, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is facing serious accusations in a lawsuit by one woman who said he sexually abused her when she was a girl more than 50 years ago.
“Exploited his status”
The alleged incident is said to have occurred between April and May 1965 when Dylan, who is now 80, would have been in his early to mid-20s. According to his 68-year-old accuser, she was just 12 and living in Connecticut at the time.
According to the Daily Beast, which obtained a copy of the court documents, the alleged victim — identified only as J.C. — claimed the abuse occurred on multiple occasions during a six-week period.
At least one of the incidents took place at Dylan’s residence at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, she asserted.
The 13-page filing includes the accusation that the folk singer “exploited his status as a musician” in order to establish a relationship and gain the trust of the girl “as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse” her.
According to the complainant, the plan worked due to Dylan’s “provision of drugs, alcohol, and threats of violence” aimed at achieving her compliance.
“Maliciously, fraudulently and oppressively”
As a result, J.C. claims she has suffered “emotional and physical injury, including, but not limited to, serious and severe mental distress, anguish, humiliation, and embarrassment, as well as economic loss” while leaving her “emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day.”
Among the alleged criminal acts Dylan committed at the time, the lawsuit claims assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The suit seeks compensatory damages to cover past and ongoing medical expenses as well as punitive and exemplary damages for alleged crimes committed “maliciously, fraudulently and oppressively with the wrongful intention of causing injuries” to the plaintiff “in conscious disregard” to her rights.
The lawsuit was filed in New York on Friday, just one day before a temporary window closed on the statute of limitations for alleged victims of child sexual abuse.
A Dylan spokesperson denied the allegations in a statement to NBC News, declaring: “The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”