May 21, 2024

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Bob Dylan Lawsuit: Dylanologists, Lawyer Spar In excess of 1965 Whereabouts

Before this week, a Greenwich, Connecticut female sued Bob Dylan, proclaiming that he sexually abused her in excess of a 6-7 days period at New York’s Chelsea Hotel in 1965 when she was 12 decades old. She is identified only as “J.C.” in papers submitted with the Supreme Courtroom of the Point out of New York. 

“Between April and May of 1965 the defendant, Dylan, exploited his standing as a musician by grooming J.C. to acquire her rely on,” reads the go well with, “and receive management about her as a part of his approach to sexually molest and abuse J.C.”

A representative for Dylan advised Rolling Stone that “the 56-yr-outdated claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”

In the days given that the suit became community, Dylan professionals have pointed out that the timeline of crimes allegedly dedicated in New York more than all those 6 weeks is really hard to reconcile with the historical document. Dylan was abroad for the complete month of May perhaps 1965, in accordance to contemporaneous accounts and the function of subsequent biographers and students like Clinton Heylin and Anne Margaret Daniel. He invested considerable time in April participating in acoustic gigs in West Coast towns: 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 digital camera crew, he left from Seattle for his Really do not Glimpse Back again tour in the U.K., where by he was shadowed all through by Pennebaker and his crew. The tour started April 30th in Sheffield, England and wrapped up Could 10th in London at the Royal Albert Corridor, but Dylan didn’t return to the U.S. until June, in accordance to contemporaneous documentation of his program. Immediately after the tour, Dylan headed to Portugal for a family vacation with his potential spouse, Sara Lownds. They returned to London soon before Dylan’s 24th birthday on Could 24th, and he was hospitalized at St. Mary’s Healthcare facility in Paddington after coming down with an health issues on the vacation.

The only window he could have been in New York in the course of April and May perhaps 1965 was a small interval of time in mid-April. “If Dylan was in New York in mid-April, it was for no far more than a day or two,” states Clinton Heylin, creator of the modern e book The Double Life Of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Sensation (1941-1966) and a main Dylan scholar. “Woodstock was wherever he invested 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 virtually difficult to obtain just one week — allow alone 6 — that spring when Dylan could have been remaining at the Chelsea Resort,” he adds.

The possibility remains that J.C. is misremembering the exact interval of time when the alleged offense took place, and Dylan did live at the Hotel Chelsea afterwards in the yr and in early 1966 with Lownds and their newborn son Jesse.

J.C. is represented by attorneys Daniel W. Isaacs and Peter J. Gleason. Gleason informed the Huffington Post, “We stand by the pleading.” Isaacs echoed the sentiment in an e-mail to Rolling Stone. “The criticism speaks for alone,” he wrote, “and our allegations shall be demonstrated in the correct location: A court docket of legislation.”

“There are dates that he was not touring for many weeks in April and this will all arrive out at that ideal time,” Isaacs told Site 6. “The claims were vetted prior to the scenario was filed and we did our exploration. It is our position that the proof will create that he was in New York through the relevant time period.”