According to USA Today, Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner) has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that was filed against him by actress Esmé Bianco. As previously reported, Bianco filed the suit after accusing the singer of sexual assault and human trafficking.
Manson’s lawyer Howard E. King says the lawsuit should be dismissed due to the case exceeding California’s statute of limitations. He also claimed that the allegations are “untrue, meritless, and a key component of a coordinated attack” by “co-conspirators.” The filing also alleges that the women who have come forward with allegations against Manson are “cynically and dishonestly seeking to monetize and exploit the #MeToo movement” by “desperately trying to conflate the imagery and artistry of Warner’s ‘shock rock’ stage persona, ‘Marilyn Manson,’ with fabricated accounts of abuse.” It also claims that Bianco and other women “spent months plotting, workshopping, and fine-tuning” their allegations into “twisted tales that bear no resemblance to reality.” Bianco has yet to comment on the motion.
As previously reported, Manson is currently facing abuse allegations from at least 16 women. Those accusations were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood, who said that the musician “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Since then many more women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including Bianco, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who filed a lawsuit after being sexually assaulted and abused multiple times, 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.”
Aside from the abuse allegations, Manson also got in trouble after he allegedly spit on a videographer during an August 18, 2019 performance at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH. He has since turned himself in for that incident, but was released on the conditions that he not commit any crimes, not have any contact with the alleged victim, and to appear at all upcoming court hearings.