Earlier this week, a Greenwich, Connecticut woman sued Bob Dylan, declaring that he sexually abused her above a six-7 days time period at New York’s Chelsea Lodge in 1965 when she was 12 years old. She is recognized only as “J.C.” in papers submitted with the Supreme Court docket of the Point out of New York. 

“Between April and Could of 1965 the defendant, Dylan, exploited his status as a musician by grooming J.C. to attain her have faith in,” reads the suit, “and receive manage around her as a aspect of his strategy to sexually molest and abuse J.C.”

A consultant for Dylan advised Rolling Stone that “the 56-12 months-aged assert is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”

In the times since the suit grew to become community, Dylan industry experts have pointed out that the timeline of crimes allegedly fully commited in New York over those six weeks is difficult to reconcile with the historic record. Dylan was abroad for the overall thirty day period of May 1965, in accordance to contemporaneous accounts and the perform of subsequent biographers and students like Clinton Heylin and Anne Margaret Daniel. He expended major time in April taking part in acoustic gigs in West Coastline metropolitan areas: Berkeley, California (April 3rd), Vancouver, British Columbia (April 9th), Portland, Oregon (April 24th) and Seattle, Washington (April 24th).


On April 25th, as documented in the clip previously mentioned shot by documentarian D.A. Pennebaker’s digicam crew, he remaining from Seattle for his Never Appear Back tour in the U.K., in which he was shadowed all through by Pennebaker and his crew. The tour started April 30th in Sheffield, England and wrapped up May possibly 10th in London at the Royal Albert Corridor, but Dylan didn’t return to the U.S. until finally June, according to contemporaneous documentation of his timetable. After the tour, Dylan headed to Portugal for a vacation with his long run spouse, Sara Lownds. They returned to London soon prior to Dylan’s 24th birthday on May perhaps 24th, and he was hospitalized at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington soon after coming down with an sickness on the vacation.

The only window he could have been in New York during April and May 1965 was a short time period of time in mid-April. “If Dylan was in New York in mid-April, it was for no additional than a day or two,” suggests Clinton Heylin, writer of the new guide The Double Daily life Of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Emotion (1941-1966) and a primary Dylan scholar. “Woodstock was exactly 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.”

“It is pretty much difficult to discover a person 7 days — allow on your own 6 — that spring when Dylan could have been remaining at the Chelsea Lodge,” he provides.

The probability continues to be that J.C. is misremembering the specific period of time when the alleged offense took position, and Dylan did live at the Resort Chelsea afterwards in the calendar year and in early 1966 with Lownds and their new child son Jesse.

J.C. is represented by lawyers Daniel W. Isaacs and Peter J. Gleason. Gleason informed the Huffington Submit, “We stand by the pleading.” Isaacs echoed the sentiment in an e-mail to Rolling Stone. “The grievance speaks for by itself,” he wrote, “and our allegations shall be proven in the ideal location: A court of regulation.”

“There are dates that he wasn’t touring for numerous weeks in April and this will all arrive out at that correct time,” Isaacs explained to Site Six. “The claims were being vetted before the case was filed and we did our investigation. It is our placement that the evidence will set up that he was in New York during the applicable time period.”