According to Rolling Stone, Ashley Morgan Smithline has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner) for sexual assault, sexual battery, human trafficking, and more. This news comes after she previously opened up about a number of disturbing instances of abuse and sexual violence that she suffered when she was with the singer.
Smithline previously accused Manson of sexually assaulting her “countless times,” cutting her with a “swastika-emblazoned knife,” making her enter into a blood pact, and locking her in a glass soundproof room, which he called “the bad girls room.” She has since filed a suit against the musician for sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unlawful imprisonment, and violations of the Bane Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. She is currently seeking damages, as well as other legal and equitable relief.
Smithline said Manson originally contacted her in the summer of 2010, while she was in Bangkok, Thailand. He then reportedly became obsessed with her, telling her she “was the perfect girl for him” and asking her to send him photos. He later had her fly out to Los Angeles, CA with the incentive that he would get her a role in Eli Roth’s remake of “True Romance.” Shortly after she arrived, he had her move in with him.
Smithline went on to say that their relationship was consensual at first, but things quickly turned horrifying. She says there was even one day when she woke up to find herself bound with Manson penetrating her and ignoring her pleas to stop. She also claims that he manipulated her “into a state of near-total isolation, both physically and emotionally,” continuously threatened to kill her, and demeaned her in front of his friends and bandmates. Smithline, who is of Jewish descent, also said that Manson would have her bring him Nazi paraphernalia and would often use anti-Semitic language.
Furthermore, Smithline also alleges that Manson took sexual pictures of her and threatened to use them to destroy her career. You can read more about all of that HERE.
This news comes after multiple women accused Manson of abuse. Those accusations were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood, 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 actress Esmé Bianco, who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of abuse and human trafficking, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” his former assistant Ashley Walters, who filed a lawsuit against him for sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc., and another woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of rape and assault.
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.”