The plaintiff withdrew his lawsuit against the musician Bob Dylan.
A 68-year-old woman challenged the musician Bob Dylan’s to court last year. The woman claimed that she was sexually abused by Dylan when she was 12 years old in 1965.
Now the woman has withdrawn her lawsuit and the lawsuit has been cancelled, news reports Billboard. Just a day earlier, lawyers for Dylan, 81, had accused the woman of destroying important evidence and threatening the honor of the case.
The court proceedings are now permanently closed and can no longer be reopened.
– This case is over. It is outrageous that the lawsuit was even filed in the first place. We are pleased that the interested party has abandoned its legal-driven culmination and that the lawsuit will be dismissed, Dylan attorney Orin Snyder states in a statement to Billboard.
An attorney for the plaintiff did not immediately respond to Billboard’s request for comment.
In the original lawsuit, it was alleged that the abuse was repeated several times over a six-week period in the spring of 1965.
“Dylan took advantage of his position as a musician to provide JC (the plaintiff) with alcohol and drugs and to sexually abuse him multiple times,” the lawsuit said.
In the lawsuit, Dylan was also alleged to have threatened the woman with violence. The abuse allegedly took place at Dylan’s apartment in New York.
Dylan denied the allegations through his spokesperson.
– This 56-year-old claim is false and we are strongly defending ourselves, the singer’s representative announced last August.
The woman’s accusations were doubted, because according to Dylan’s tour schedule, the singer would have been on tour at the time of the alleged abuse.
However, the woman’s lawyer, Daniel W. Isaacs, later refuted the claim, citing Dylan’s 1965 tour schedule. The schedule shows several times when Dylan would have allegedly returned to his New York apartment.
– In April, there were two weeks between performances, Isaacs told the Daily Mail in August.
Dylan, real name Robert Zimmerman, made his breakthrough in the early 1960s. More than 125 million copies of his records have been sold around the world. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.