According to Rolling Stone, Marilyn Manson’s former assistant Ashley Walters has filed a lawsuit against the singer. She decided to pursue legal action after accusing him of sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and more.
According to the suit, Walters met Manson after connecting through social media in March 2010. At the time, Walters was an aspiring photographer and the musician reportedly reached out to her about her work. They eventually met up in person, but he allegedly pinned her to a bed and tried to kiss and grope her without consent.
After that incident, Manson was said to have acted more professional before agreeing to give Walters a chance to be his director of photography. However, he said he would only give her the job if she agreed to film a video, while wearing nothing but underwear and a Nazi jacket. The suit went on to say that this was the shock rocker’s way of “auditioning” people and that he filmed other employees in Nazi paraphernalia as well. He also allegedly made them say damning and offensive things, so he could blackmail them if need be.
Furthermore, Walters claimed that Manson would offer her to his friends, including actors, directors and musicians, a number of which groped and kissed her without consent. On top of that, she also said that Manson had her watch a video in which he abused a young fan by stripping, whipping, and pulling a gun out on her.
Walters also said that Manson would try to intimidate her by making threats, saying that he had gang affiliations and that he could get people killed. She went on to say that the musician was also physically and verbally abusive to her and his exes. Walters also claimed that he bragged to her about getting away with rape and that he would hide drugs in her bags while traveling.
Walters became Manson’s personal assistant in August 2010, but was fired in July 2011, after she made contact with actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”), Manson’s ex-girlfriend who is also suing him for sexual assault and human trafficking. Walters was ultimately rehired, but was fired again in October 2011. After that, Manson allegedly harassed her by hacking her Facebook and accusing her of stealing a piece of art.
The lawsuit says Walters is currently seeking back pay, lost wages, and unspecified damages. Furthermore, she wants Manson to delete all of the images and footage that he has of her and images of other women that were obtained without consent. She also wants Manson‘s employees to participate in anti-sexual harassment and anti-sexual violence training.
For their part, Manson‘s team has “vehemently denied” all of Walters’ allegations.
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 at least 15 women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including Bianco, who accused him of abuse and human trafficking, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” and actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who was sexually assaulted and abused multiple times.
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.”