UPDATE “Swanky room at the Chelsea Hotel? Bob couldn’t afford a room at the Chelsea Hotel!” TMZ described the legal papers filed by “JC” below and said it happened in Dylan’s “swanky hotel room.” A friend of Dylan from that time was who around 24/7 laughed when he heard this. He also reminded me to look at the calendar and schedule of Dylan shows. Bob and Joan Baez, who were a couple, were on the road together for all of the time “JC” says she was with Dylan at the Chelsea. This fellow was with him the whole time.
I told JC’s lawyer, Daniel Isaacs, about the schedule and asked to respond. I’m waiting for an answer.
EARLIER On April 26, 1965 Bob Dylan arrived in London. He didn’t return to the United States until June 2nd.
In April. he was mostly on the West Coast. All of this is recorded in calendars tracking Dylan’s whereabouts because he was a young superstar.
Yet this afternoon comes news of a complaint filed by a 68 year old woman who says Dylan groomed and molested her in New York at the Chelsea Hotel in April and May 1965 when she was 12 years old.
TMZ called it his “ritzy apartment” at the Chelsea, a notably run down place even in 1965.
But the calendars speak for themselves. And in London, Dylan was filmed on tour by DA Pennebaker for the famous documentary, “Don’t Look Back.”
So the lawsuit or complaint or whatever it is is bogus.
But this is the environment we’ve created, where accusations fly and celebrities are dubbed guilty before anyone checks the facts.
Despite the travel schedule being easily available, the “victim” — who calls herself “JC” — says she was “groomed” by Dylan in April and May 1965 at the Hotel Chelsea.
The complaint states: “between April and May of 1965 the defendant, Dylan,
exploited his status as a musician by grooming J.C. to gain her
trust and to obtain control over her as part of his plan to
sexually molest and abuse J.C.”
Um, not possible if Dylan wasn’t even there. He was singing “It Ain’t Me, Babe” in London.