Bob Dylan accuser drops sexual abuse lawsuit following claim she destroyed evidence

A woman who accused Bob Dylan of sexually abusing her when she was a minor dropped her lawsuit on Thursday, following accusations that she destroyed key evidence.

The lawsuit alleged that Dylan -- born Robert Allen Zimmerman -- abused the woman over a six-week period in 1965 when she was 12 years old, saying the legendary singer-songwriter left her "emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged." Dylan's lawyers dismissed the accusations as "false, malicious, reckless and defamatory" and a "brazen shakedown masquerading as a lawsuit," according to Billboard.

At a hearing on Thursday, however, the plaintiff -- identified only as J.C. -- suddenly asked the federal judge overseeing the case to dismiss it "with prejudice," meaning the suit cannot cannot be refiled, Billboard reports. The move came after the plaintiff was accused of deleting text messages and emails and was threatened with monetary sanctions.

"This case is over. It is outrageous that it was ever brought in the first place," Dylan's lead attorney, Orin Snyder, said in a statement obtained by Billboard. "We are pleased that the plaintiff has dropped this lawyer-driven sham and that the case has been dismissed with prejudice."

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