Ashley Morgan Smithline, one of 15 women who have accused Marilyn Manson of abuse, has further opened up about her time with the singer. During a recent interview with People, the actress/model detailed a number of horrific instances of abuse and sexual violence that she suffered.
Here’s an excerpt from the People article:
“Over the course of two years, Smithline says that along with being sexually assaulted by the rock star countless times, Manson, 52, bit her, whipped her, cut her with a swastika-emblazoned knife and shoved his fist in her mouth during sex. She says he also forced her to do a blood pact and that she was locked into what he called ‘the bad girls’ room,’ a glass, soundproof room, whenever she ‘pissed him off.'”
Smithline, who is of Jewish descent, also said that Manson would have her bring him Nazi weapons that he used on her. On top of that, she also said that the musician cut his initials into her thigh and would fill her with absinthe and cocaine. Smithline further stated:
“I didn’t know that you could rape someone that you were in a relationship with. There’s a difference between waking up to someone having sex with you nicely in the morning and waking up tied up with someone having sex with your unconscious body. Like, being tied up and screaming, not enjoying it, and him laughing like sadistically.”
“I never stood up to him ever, because I knew that would be more abuse and more torture and I just didn’t want it. There was a time where, during a rape there was a struggle, and my nose broke.”
She also said that Manson became more violent as the relationship continued:
“He made it very clear that I was replaceable, that I was vulnerable, that I was extinguishable. That he could kill me at any moment and he would remind me when I was tied up or whatever. But ‘I could kill you at anytime’.
At one point I brought up ‘do you want me to kill myself?’ ‘Do you want me to just kill myself?’ So he decided it was a good idea to show me clips of suicide scenes from movies.
And I’ve asked the other girls that I’ve spoken to that are victims of him, what do you think his objective was? And we all agree that, we think that he honestly wanted us all to kill ourselves.”
“…People are like ‘you knowingly entered into a BDSM relationship’—I don’t know what that is now even? …I didn’t know what that was then and that wasn’t what he presented at all.
He didn’t say we’re gonna have a relationship where you’re gonna kneel down or lay on the bed and I’m gonna whip you with a swastika whip or I’m gonna cut you while we’re having sex or we’re gonna have a blood pact, I’m gonna drink your blood, you’re gonna drink mine.
I didn’t know like… Obviously I knew that was weird, but I was already taken, I was already there. And the more I did for him, the more I let him hurt me, the more I loved him and the more I was proving myself to him. He found me as a vulnerable shell of a person and he hollowed me out more and more.”
Smithline also commented on going public with her story:
“I’m not a victim. I’m a fucking survivor. I want people to know who he is, and it’s worth it if not one more woman gets hurt again.”
A spokesperson for Manson has since issued a statement as well:
“We strongly deny [Smithline‘s] There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them. This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, didn’t last one week.”
As previously reported, the accusations against Manson were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”), who said that the musician “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Since then multiple women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”), who has since sued the shock rocker after accusing him of abuse and human trafficking, and actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life.”
Wood has since shared more details regarding her time with Manson as well, including his alleged use of anti-Semitic and racial slurs. She has also claimed that his current wife Lindsay Usich and another woman named Leslee Lane threatened to release underage photos of her to destroy her career.
After all of this news broke, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department confirmed that they were investigating Manson. Allaine also mentioned that she was planning to speak to the FBI.
Since Wood made her initial statement, Manson has been dropped by his manager Tony Ciulla, his label Loma Vista Recordings, his talent agency CAA, and a couple of TV shows. Others that worked with Manson have also come forward, including his former assistant Dan Cleary, who said he witnessed the musician abusing Usich.
Two of his other exes, Rose McGowan and Dita Von Teese, have both commented as well. Von Teese’s statement was the most recent and she said that the “details made public do not match [her] personal experience” with the singer, while also adding that “abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship.”
A number of other musicians have also issued statements including Ellie Roswell (Wolf Alice), who said she once caught Manson “filming up [her] skirt with a GoPro,” Phoebe Bridgers, who said Manson previously “referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’,” Otep, who said Usich would call her house “hysterical because he was on another drug binge, threatening her life,” Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), who said that he has “been vocal over the years about [his] dislike of Manson as a person,” and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), who said that “every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true.” Actor Corey Feldman also claimed that Manson put “spies” into his life as part of a “decades long mental and emotional abuse” campaign.
For his part, Manson claimed that the accusations “are horrible distortions of reality.”
[via The PRP]