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Bob Dylan Sex Abuse Allegation

  • 17-08-2021 8:59pm
    Posts: 8,856 ✭✭✭ Brantley Shapely Spine

    I'm a huge fan of Bob Dylan so I've very mixed emotions posting this- I suppose let's see how the legal process plays out. The allegation relates to an event that took place over 55 years ago- 1965. Like any sex abuse allegation, it's obviously a challenging case for all but more so in this case, given the passage of time.

    A lawsuit, filed Friday, alleges the Nobel laureate plied a girl with drugs and alcohol and abused her over six weeks in 1965

    The lawsuit alleges that the Times They Are A-Changin’ singer “befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff”, identified in Manhattan supreme court papers, obtained by the Guardian, only as “JC” and groomed her over the course of six weeks in April and May 1965.

    The suit, filed late Friday on behalf of JC, now a 68-year-old woman living in Greenwich, Connecticut, alleges that Dylan, then 23 or 24 years old, “exploited his status as a musician by grooming JC to gain her trust and to obtain control over her as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse” her.

    According to the complaint, Dylan established a “connection” with JC to “lower her inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol and threats of physical violence, leaving her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day”.



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,355 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    This link says the dates don't match the claim. As said above this probably has a while to run.

  • Posts: 8,856 ✭✭✭ Brantley Shapely Spine

    A fair summary- I think that's probably why no-one actually posted this even though the news has been around since yesterday - from a personal perspective, and like I said, I don't feel too good about creating this thread as Dylan has been part of my life from a musical perspective for decades- but I'm not here to "defend" him either if such a story is true.

    It's unlikely to have either a definitive or positive outcome. His personal life, including children and marriages, has always been shrouded in secrecy until relatively recent years.

    Not sure where this thread will go but it's news, and Current Affairs was a suitable enough forum for it, given the global nature of his public profile - but as you say, what else can you do at this point?

    Maybe folk here might just want to comment or something, I dunno. I just hope this accusation is a one-off and can be legally resolved at least.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,386 ✭✭✭olestoepoke

    I'm also a big fan of Dylan so hope it's bullshit. 55 years is a long time. As a previous poster said, it's amazing we don't hear more of this given the stories you hear about the likes of Led Zeppelin etc.

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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    You can never know the complete truth with many of these cases, I suppose. I don't know.

    But perhaps this could be akin to what transpired with Jimmy Saville; where the initial accusation leads to an avalanche of other women coming forward to admit that they too experienced the same crime.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,332 ✭✭✭buried

    Sounds similar to the Cliff Richard allegation noise event.

    "Lunar South is Solar East" - W. B. Yeats

  • Posts: 8,856 ✭✭✭ Brantley Shapely Spine

    I posted similar in another thread many years ago - the "Actors" have had their "purge" of sex exploitation for many years now but the Rock n' Rollers have been relatively quiet overall in terms of legal cases- is it that in general, "groupies" are/were willing participants, in general, even though there was a huge level of exploitation involved, whether they acknowledge that or not?

    Edit- I'm not referring to the current thread under discussion, but just rock n roll artists/groups in general, and groupies of legal age, in case there's any dispute around what I'm saying.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,530 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    I’d wonder if it’s just an attempt to get cash.

    If Dylan was of that character no way would it have gone not alleged until now... he’s always had it seems very positive relationships with females in the music industry too, respected feminists and people like Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris are great longtime pals of his... if he was a sleeze I doubt it’s going to get past people of that circle.

    if it went to court now there would be zero DNA evidence, zero anything evidence really, maybe hoping Bob cuts her a cheque and that’s it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 103 ✭✭yaknowski

    The lads out of Led Zeppelin, The Stones etc. must be fearing these stories coming out about underage groupies etc.

    ""Maddox was just 14 when their relationship started; Page was 28. 

    What happened is that I was kidnapped, literally," Maddox said once in a documentary. "He told me was going to be with me, and I said no, he wasn't, and he said, 'Yes, I am.' Then we all ended up at the Rainbow [Bar and Grill], and Richard Cole says to me, 'Get in the bloody car and if you move, I'll have your head.' Next thing you know, I'm at the [Hyatt House] hotel, and I'm walking down the hall, and next thing you know, I'm pulled into this door ... And I turned around and, look, there was Jimmy sitting in the corner of the room with a hat and a cane saying, 'I told you I'm gonna have you.'

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,688 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark

    since “me too” I’ve Always expected to hear of more cases involving the likes of Dylan, the Beatles, the stones, led zep, various other rockers

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,688 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark

    Always felt there was something dodgy about him...can’t say why just always felt that

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,360 ✭✭✭dePeatrick

    Well I’m older and sometimes someone reminds me of something that happened in the 70s and at times I have zero recollection.

  • Posts: 0 Aron Shapely Cow

    Also add in the serious amounts of drink and drugs involved... never mind the wide range of women he would have been with. To recall something from 50 years ago with any accuracy, under the best of circumstances would be nigh on impossible. Memory naturally shifts over time anyway.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,705 ✭✭✭beachhead

    I might have been in the hotel around the same time.I must ask my mother.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,066 ✭✭✭screamer

    Can't stand his music, and never, ever will understand why people rave about it. These allegations, are just that, and he is entitled to his good name and a fair process. I certainly hope that he is not another one tried in the court of social media.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,513 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09

    They are afforded anonymity in Ireland. This case isn't happening in Ireland.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,688 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark

    If true it’s quite disgusting. A 12 year old for god sake. IF true ...

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,688 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark

    Why do you say Bob Dylan “of all people. Not a hope in hell there’s any truth to it”

    just curious as to why you say that???

    for instance - always struck me as a strange character hiding something

  • Registered Users Posts: 34,145 ✭✭✭✭BorneTobyWilde

    It's obviously true, no one makes this up , but no way to prove it, so it will go away, and that's the way it is.

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