According to Rolling Stone, Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Warner, has been hit with another lawsuit. The complaint was filed by an anonymous woman, who says the frontman sexually assaulted her when she was only 16 years old. Manson, Interscope Records, and Nothing Records were all named as defendants in the case.
The latest lawsuit claims Manson was seeking out underage girls during a 1995 show in Dallas, TX. He reportedly asked the girls how old they were and what school grade they were in, before writing down their home addresses and phone numbers to keep in contact with them. More disturbing details were also shared in the lawsuit:
“While on the tour bus, Defendant Warner performed various acts of criminal sexual conduct upon Plaintiff, who was a virgin at the time, including but not limited to forced copulation and vaginal penetration.”
“One of the band members watched Defendant Warner sexually assault Plaintif. Plaintiff was in pain, scared, upset, humiliated and confused. After he was done, Defendant Warner laughed at her. … Then Defendant Warner demanded Plaintiff to ‘get the fuck off of my bus’ and threatened Plaintiff that, if she told anyone, he would kill her and her family.”
It was also said that a crew member gave the girl a 1-800 number and a password so she could meet with Manson in the future. Following the incident, she started drinking and taking drugs. The plaintiff also says the singer would call her and chat with her online in an effort to get explicit photos of her and her friends. He also allegedly “groomed” her and convinced her to attend another show in New Orleans, LA, where he assaulted her again. The following was also said in the suit:
“Defendant Warner then became more aggressive and again sexually assaulted Plaintiff, including kissing, biting her breast, oral copulation, and penetration. After the second assault, Defendant Warner acted in a kinder manner nicer to Plaintiff and told her that he wanted to see her again.”
The plaintiff stayed in contact with Manson, before dating Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna after she turned 18. Vrenna allegedly convinced her to move to Los Angeles, CA where she attended another one of Manson’s concerts. While at the show, an unspecified band member encouraged her to catch the group’s 1999 set in Dallas. From there, she allegedly joined the band on tour for four weeks, taking drugs and spending time with Manson, who would “groom, harass, and sexually abuse” her. It was also said that he emotionally manipulated her, while keeping her isolated from her loved ones. The suit continued:
“Defendant Warner often coerced Plaintiff to have sex with him and other band members or his assistant at the same time. Defendant Warner controlled what Plaintiff could do, who could touch Plaintiff, and who he wanted Plaintiff to be with sexually, all while providing Plaintiff with drugs.”
The following was also added:
“At times, he began ridiculing Plaintiff, especially in the presence of other young female fans. Defendant Warner openly called her racial slurs and called her fat. At other times, Defendant Warner told Plaintiff she was beautiful and confided in her some of his most personal secrets. Plaintiff saw Defendant Warner almost every day (except when his fiancée was in town), before, during, and after his shows.”
The filing also called out Manson‘s former labels Interscope Records and Nothing Records:
“Defendants Interscope and Nothing Records were aware of Defendant Warner’s practice of sexually assaulting minors, and aided and abetted such behavior. As a result of Brian Warner’s sexual abuse and assault, enabled and encouraged by Defendants Interscope and Nothing Records, Plaintiff has suffered severe emotional, physical, and psychological distress, including shame, and guilt, economic loss, economic capacity and emotional loss.”
The plaintiff is currently seeking damages for sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress etc. Her attorney, Jeff Anderson, issued the following statement:
“This suit by this survivor is a giant step in bringing light and heat to an industry that has been hiding perils in plain sight. It’s time to face the music. New laws give survivors the time to take real action for justice and protection. Powerful new laws in New York and California give adult survivors the chance to take legal action against predators and those that protect and profit from them.
We are grateful to the survivors and so many others who now align with us to expose the predators and those in the music industry that have … permitted, promoted, and profiteered from his violence against the vulnerable.”
As previously reported, Manson was 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 actress Esmé Bianco, who recently settled a lawsuit in which she 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,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who filed a since dismissed lawsuit after accusing him of sexual assault and abuse, his former assistant Ashley Walters, who filed a since dismissed lawsuit after accusing him of 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.
For his part, Manson has continued to deny the allegations, while also lamenting the impact they have had on his career. He also filed 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.
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