Ashley Morgan Smithline’s lawsuit against Marilyn Manson has officially been dismissed. As previously reported, the actress/model originally filed the complaint after accusing the singer of sexual assault and abuse.
According to Consequence, Smithline‘s lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice after her attorney withdrew his representation. She was given a set amount of time to find a replacement, but failed to do so. Manson‘s attorney Howard King issued the following statement:
“We thank and commend Ashley Smithline for dismissing her claims against Brian Warner without seeking or receiving anything in return. Ms. Smithline has refused to be manipulated by others who are trying to pursue their own agendas against Mr. Warner. We wish her well and will continue to work to assure that a significant price will be paid by those who have tried to abuse our legal system.”
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 Smithline, 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, etc., and another woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of rape and death threats.
For his part, Manson has continued to deny the allegations, while also claiming that he has been receiving death threats. He also filed a defamation suit against Wood and her significant other Illma Gore. However, Wood has since commented on the lawsuit, saying that she is confident that she has the truth on her side.