Bob Dylan accused of sexually abusing 12-year-old girl in 1965

Bob Dylan accused of sexually abusing 12-year-old girl in 1965

BOB DYLAN is being sued by a woman who claims the singer-songwriter molested her when she was 12-years-old back in 1965.

According to the lawsuit, Dylan groomed the girl, plied her with drink and drugs and sexual abused her at New York's famed Hotel Chelsea over a two month period more than 50 years ago.

A representative for Dylan, 80, says the claims are "untrue" and will be "vigorously defended".

The lawsuit states that the ordeal left the girl "emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day," and she has suffered "severe mental distress, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment, as well as economic loss.

It also alleges the rock star "exploited his status as a musician to provide [her] with alcohol and drugs and sexually abuse her multiple times", and used threats of physical violence.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday, and alleges Dylan is guilty of carrying out "predatory, sexual and unlawful acts" against the alleged victim, "all of which were done intentionally by him to her with her consent."

The accuser, who is now 68, lives in Greenwich, Connecticut and is named in court documents as JC.

Dylan - who was born Robert Allen Zimmerman - has sold more than 125 million albums around the world during a career spanning six decades. His best-known songs include Blowin' In The Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin'.

In 2016, the Grammy and Oscar-winner was given the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama.