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Bob Dylan Calls Sexual Abuse Lawsuit a 'Brazen Shakedown'

Bob Dylan Calls Sexual Abuse Lawsuit a 'Brazen Shakedown'

Bob Dylan is hitting back at allegations.

Last year, an anonymous woman accused the 80-year-old musician of grooming and sexually abusing her as a child.

According to legal documents obtained by People, Bob‘s legal team allege that the claims are “untrue, absurd and a chronological impossibility.”

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“This case—based on plaintiff’s alleged interactions with Bob Dylan more than 56 years ago–is a brazen shakedown masquerading as a lawsuit,” the filing says. “It was filed in bad faith for the improper purpose of extracting a huge payout on the threat of negative publicity. The allegation is false, malicious, reckless and defamatory. Mr. Dylan will not be extorted.”

The plaintiff, who is identified in the documents as J.C., first filed a suit against the performer in August. She alleges she was groomed by Bob, who was 24 at the time, “as part of his plan to sexually molest and abuse” her. She claims that the legendary singer-songwriter gave her drugs and alcohol and then sexually abused her at his New York City apartment.

People writes that the original suit claimed the abuse took place between April and May of 1965, which was later changed to “the spring” after historians noted that Bob‘s tours and other engagements meant he wouldn’t have been in New York City in those months.

Bob Dylan‘s team said the Grammy winning performer was an “easy mark” whom J.C.‘s lawyers “hoped to profit” from.

His attorneys also brought up that J.C. has claimed to have been adducted by aliens and to have the ability to speak to animals, insects and plants.

“According to her own website, plaintiff is a psychic who specializes in ‘channeling’ the deceased loved ones of grieving families – for a fee,” the filing reads.

The plaintiff’s attorney told Rolling Stone, “Some people refer to Bob Dylan as a prophet. People have labels. More than half of Americans believe in psychic phenomena. If you’re going to attack somebody for their beliefs, you’re encroaching upon very dangerous territory. This is what this country is based on, freedom of beliefs. It shouldn’t divert our attention from the allegations. This case is about the facts.”

He added in a statement to People, “What people have to realize is sometimes the artist and the individual are two very different people. The personal, inappropriate, ad hominem attacks by Dylan‘s lawyer is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to shift the focus away from the allegations.”

Timothee Chalamet was set to play the musician in a new biopic, but it seems like the movie won’t be happening any time soon.

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