A renowned Bob Dylan biographer has stepped forward to rubbish the allegations of abuse that were brought against the folk musician earlier this week.
Last Friday, a lawsuit was filed in the New York Supreme Court that claimed that the now-80-year-old musician sexually abused her when she was just 12-years-old back in 1965.
The case was brought to court just a day before the window for extended cases of the Child Victims Acts closed. The statute of limitation for such matters had previously been extended by governor Andrew Cuomo.
The official lawsuit read: “Bob Dylan, over a six-week period between April and May of 1965 befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff.”
Adding that Dylan allegedly sought to “lower [the victim’s] 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.”
Dylan’s legal team immediately dismissed the claims with a succinct statement that read: “This 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”
In the days that have followed, the British biographer Clinton Heylin, who has penned several books about Dylan, has come forward to express scepticism regarding the logical possibility of the claims.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Heylin remarked: “It’s not possible. Dylan was touring England during that time, and was in Los Angeles for two of those weeks, plus a day or two at Woodstock. The tour was 10 days, but Bob flew into London on April 26 and arrived back in New York on June 3.”
Further adding: “If Dylan was in New York in mid-April, it was for no more than a day or two. Woodstock was where he spent most of his time when not touring. And if he was in NYC, he invariably stayed at his manager’s apartment in Gramercy, not the Chelsea.”
Heylin also points to the fact that Dylan was constantly followed by a film crew for the fly on the wall documentary film Don’t Look Back that was shot during the same hectic period for the star.
The Huffington Post also contacted the plaintiff’s legal team regarding Heylin’s comments and they simply replied: “We stand by the pleading.”
More details are expected from the case in the coming days. You can read our full report on all the details so far by clicking here.