Bob Dylan’s authorized group is searching for “financial sanctions” towards the legal professionals who filed a lawsuit that alleged Dylan sexually abused a 12-year-old lady in 1965, Billboard studies and Pitchfork can verify. Dylan’s lead lawyer Orin Snyder wrote in a letter to a federal choose that the attorneys, Daniel W. Isaacs and Peter J. Gleason, “mustn’t have introduced this motion—accusing [Bob Dylan] of a heinous crime—if they didn’t intend to responsibly litigate it.”
The lawsuit was filed final yr by a lady recognized as J.C. She alleged that Dylan abused her in his room on the Chelsea Resort in Manhattan when he was 23 or 24 years previous. After the go well with was filed, a spokesperson for Dylan referred to as J.C.’s claims “unfaithful.” The lawsuit was dropped earlier this summer season.
Shortly earlier than the lawsuit was dropped, Dylan’s attorneys accused J.C. of destroying proof after she failed to show over emails and textual content messages by a court-ordered deadline. J.C.’s authorized group members had additionally notified the choose that they’d been discharged by the plaintiff as her attorneys. (In his letter, Orin Snyder pushed again towards the assertion “that Plaintiff had voluntarily ‘discharged’ her counsel.”)
As well as, after the lawsuit’s preliminary submitting, a debate surfaced about whether or not or not Dylan was in New York in the course of the timeframe of the alleged abuse. J.C. later filed an up to date model of the lawsuit, claiming the abuse befell throughout “a number of months within the spring of 1965.”
In his letter to the choose, Snyder wrote, “This can be a paradigm case for sanctions to handle counsel’s brazen discovery misconduct.” He additionally wrote that “counsel flouted their discovery obligations for months and ignored warnings from the Courtroom about their failure to supply paperwork.”
Snyder added, “Mr. Isaacs and Mr. Gleason failed to supply paperwork they need to have possessed and reviewed earlier than ever bringing this lawsuit within the first place. As we stated in open courtroom final week, most of the paperwork we’ve got seen, together with scores of emails between Plaintiff and key third events whom counsel apparently by no means even bothered to interview, undermine and contradict Plaintiff’s allegations.”
Daniel W. Isaacs, in line with Billboard, wrote in a response letter that the lawsuit was “introduced in good religion and with the intent of accountability litigating the matter.” He reportedly added, “At no level did both Mr. Gleason or I willfully withhold discovery or have interaction in discovery misconduct.”
Pitchfork has reached out Daniel W. Isaacs and Peter J. Gleason for remark and extra data.