A lawsuit claiming that Bob Dylan repeatedly sexually assaulted an unnamed 12-year-old girl in 1965 was dropped last month, and now attorneys for the singer are calling for “monetary sanctions” against the legal team that filed it (via Billboard).
The suit was dated one day before the window closed on New York’s Child Protective Act, which opened the statute of limitations and allowed survivors of decades-old abuses to seek justice. Dylan scholars immediately called into question the filing’s timeline, which did not match the public record of his movements.
Then, during the discovery process in July of this year, the woman failed to turn over text messages and emails, with Dylan’s attorneys saying her actions “strongly suggests Plaintiff has destroyed evidence directly relevant to the central factual allegations.” On July 28th, the case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.
Dylan’s lawyers have accused her attorneys, Daniel Isaacs and Peter Gleason, of “brazen” misconduct and “systematic discovery violations.”
“Mr. Isaacs and Mr. Gleason should not have brought this action — accusing defendant of a heinous crime — if they did not intend to responsibly litigate it,” Orin Snyder, Dylan’s lead attorney, wrote to the judge August 4th. “It is more than appropriate to hold them accountable.”
No demanded dollar amount has been made public. In situations such as this, it is common to ask that the opposing attorneys pay the defendant’s legal fees, which is likely in the tens of thousands of dollars.