Lawyer for Bob Dylan accuser insists tour dates line up with her claims


The lawyer for the 68-year-old woman who has accused Bob Dylan of grooming and sexually abusing her in New York as a child, has shot down reports the singer was away on tour at the time of the alleged incidents.  

In an interview with DailyMail.com, Daniel W. Isaacs cited several gaps in the star’s 1965 touring schedule when Dylan allegedly returned to his New York City apartment.

‘There were two weeks between shows in April,’ Isaacs told DailyMail.com.

The tour dates also show performances in London through May 10, but nothing else for the rest of the month. 

In the lawsuit filed on Friday, the woman, identified as ‘J.C.,’ claimed Dylan ‘exploited his status as a musician to provide [her] with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times’ over a six-week period between April and May 1965.

J.C., who was 12 years old at the time, alleged that some of the abuse took place at the star’s apartment in the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, once home to fellow artists Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper and Joni Mitchell. 

The lawyer of the woman who has accused Bob Dylan of sexually abusing her in 1965, said there is ‘no doubt’ her client was with the singer at the Chelsea Hotel between April and May that year. Pictured: Dylan and ex-girlfriend Joan Baez in London in April 27, 1965

Dylan performing at BBC TV Centre, London on June 1, 1965. A report published by celebrity gossip blogger Roger Friedman cast doubt on the woman's accusations Monday, citing Dylan's 1965 concert schedule showing he had been on the road on the West Coast and in England for most of that period

Dylan performing at BBC TV Centre, London on June 1, 1965. A report published by celebrity gossip blogger Roger Friedman cast doubt on the woman’s accusations Monday, citing Dylan’s 1965 concert schedule showing he had been on the road on the West Coast and in England for most of that period

The schedule shows Dylan had several tour dates on the West Coast in April before spending most of May in London. On Tuesday, lawyer Daniel W. Isaacs cited several gaps when Dylan would have returned to his New York City apartment

The schedule shows Dylan had several tour dates on the West Coast in April before spending most of May in London. On Tuesday, lawyer Daniel W. Isaacs cited several gaps when Dylan would have returned to his New York City apartment

On Monday a spokesperson for Dylan responded to the allegations in a statement, saying: ‘This 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.’ 

The woman’s accusations were also called into question by celebrity gossip blogger Roger Friedman after Dylan’s 1965 England tour dates appeared to conflict with her claims.  

A lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court says Dylan gave drugs and alcohol to a 12-year-old girl before repeatedly sexually abusing her

A lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court says Dylan gave drugs and alcohol to a 12-year-old girl before repeatedly sexually abusing her

Friedman, who described the suit as ‘bogus’, also noted that the music icon would have been on tour with fellow singer Joan Baez, his one-time girlfriend, for ‘all of the time “J.C.” says she was with Dylan at The Chelsea.’ 

The schedule shows the musician had been on the road on the West Coast and the UK for most of that time period.  

He had a live performance in Berkeley, California on April 3 and one in Vancouver on April 9. 

He played a show in Portland two weeks later on April 23 and another in Seattle the following day. 

Dylan then embarked on his England tour from April 30 to May 10.  

He arrived in London just a few days earlier on April 26, and did not return to the US until June 2, according to the dates.  

The UK tour was also documented in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 film Don’t Look Back.  

A timeline of Dylan’s activities throughout the year show he took a trip to Portugal with first wife Sara Lowndes in ‘mid May’ after his tour and returned home with her on June 2. 

Isaacs, however, maintained Dylan’s schedule ‘is consistent’ with his client’s claims.

The singer's May touring schedule also shows performances through May 10, but nothing else for the rest of the month

The singer’s May touring schedule also shows performances through May 10, but nothing else for the rest of the month

Dylan's 1965 England tour was also documented in D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 film (pictured) Don't Look Back

Dylan’s 1965 England tour was also documented in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 film (pictured) Don’t Look Back 

The lawsuit states some of the alleged abuse happened at the famed Chelsea Hotel, which was once home to  musicians and artists including Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Joni Mitchell

The lawsuit states some of the alleged abuse happened at the famed Chelsea Hotel, which was once home to  musicians and artists including Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Joni Mitchell

‘There’s no doubt she was in the Chelsea Hotel with Dylan during that period,’ he said. 

Timeline of Bob Dylan’s whereabouts between April and May 1965

APRIL    

3 – Performance in Berkeley, California, Berkeley Community Theater 

9 – Performance in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theater

23 – Performance in Portland, Oregon, Public Auditorium

24 – Performance in Seattle, Washington, The Arena

26 – Dylan arrives to London for his English tour

30 – Performance at Sheffield, England, The Oval, City Hall  

MAY 

 1 – Performance in Liverpool, England, Odeon

2 – Performance in Leicester, England, DeMontfort Hall

5 – Performance in Birmingham, England Town Hall

6 – Performance in Newcastle, England, City Hall

7 – Performance in Manchester, England, Free Trade Hall

8 – Shooting of the promotional film for Subterranean Homesick Blues at the side of Savoy Hotel in London 

9 – Performance in London, England, Royal Albert Hall

10 – Performance in London, England, Royal Albert Hall

12 – Laurie Henshaw from Disc and Music Echo interviews Dylan

Mid May – Vacation in Portugal with first wife Sara Lowndes

Source: Bjorner.com  

‘The complaint and allegations were thoroughly vetted and factual details were provided by our client. 

‘There’s all sort of things we found that back up her claims, on the internet, various sources and blogs and all that. A lot of research went into this. We’ll prove our case in a court of law.’ 

J.C., who is now based in Greenwich, Connecticut, filed the suit in Manhattan on Friday, less than three hours before New York’s Child Victims Act expired on August 14.     

Dylan, now 81, would have been 23 at the time he allegedly threatened her with physical violence and left her ‘scarred and psychological damaged to this day’, the lawsuit claims. 

‘Bob Dylan, over a six-week period between April and May of 1965 befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff,’ the suit states. 

He ‘exploited his status as a musician’ to provide J.C. with ‘alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times,’ it continues. 

It goes on to say that Dylan established a ‘connection’ to ‘lower [J.C.’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.’   

The lawsuit claims J.C., suffered assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress.

She seeks compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages based on physical and emotional injuries from her time with the singer.  

‘J.C. sustained physical and psychological injuries, including but not limited to, severe emotional and psychological distress, humiliation, fright, disassociation, anger, depression, anxiety, personal turmoil and loss of faith, a severe shock to her nervous system, physical pain and mental anguish, and emotional and psychological damage.’ 

The effects of the alleged abuse ‘are of a permanent and lasting natures and have incapacitated plaintiff from attending her regular activities,’ the suit states.  

Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota. 

The folk singer’s 60-year-career has netted him 10 Grammy Awards and a Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded in 2016 for ‘having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.’

Bob Dylan in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London during his European Tour, May 9, 1965

Bob Dylan in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London during his European Tour, May 9, 1965

In May, Dylan was spotted out and about in Los Angeles for the first time in a decade

In May, Dylan was spotted out and about in Los Angeles for the first time in a decade

The lawsuit came hours before the New York’s Child Victims Act closed its ‘look back window’ Saturday. 

From August 2019 until then, victims of child sexual abuse could bring old claims to court.

Almost 11,000 lawsuits were filed in the two-year period, according to the New York Office of Court Administration. 

The biggest share of lawsuits, 2,606, were filed in Manhattan, followed by Brooklyn with 1,620 and Erie County, where the city of Buffalo is, with 1,219. 

Four of the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses have filed for bankruptcy partly as a result of litigation unleashed by the state’s Child Victims Act, according to the Associated Press.



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