As previously reported, Ashley Morgan Smithline recently made headlines after recanting her sexual assault and abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson. The woman also accused Evan Rachel Wood of manipulating her into making the accusations. Now, Wood has since fired back, claiming Smithline’s allegations against her are false.
As evidence against Smithline, Wood has come forward with a new statement, along with various screenshots and comments. Rolling Stone shared a summary of that:
“Wood denied ever manipulating model Ashley Morgan Smithline and provided Instagram screenshots of comments from Smithline left on Wood’s Instagram in 2019, messages between Smithline and Wood where the model stood by her accusations against Manson, and a 2022 voicemail from Smithline to a friend in which she said she believed Manson‘s attorney wanted her to ‘turn on the other girls and say it was all a ruse.”
One of Smithline’s alleged comments was from 2019 and it said the following:
“When he had me captive in the stupid ballet studio, I cringed hearing him brag about replaying that scene from rules of attraction to you. I thought no one would ever talk about this.”
Another alleged comment was related to Smithline‘s interview with People magazine in which she said:
“I can’t breathe. I have no reason to make this up.”
She also claimed that Manson’s fans were harassing her:
“[I]t take a special kind of person to threaten rape and abuse victims with rape and abuse…”
Wood also shared a voicemail Smithline allegedly left a friend in 2022:
“Don’t repeat this to anyone. I swear to God, don’t say this to anyone … but I did get a private message on my cellular telephone from Marilyn Manson‘s lawyer saying, ‘I was wondering if we could just talk.’ The only reason he’d be calling me… is that he thinks I’m the weak link and he might want to settle with me to turn on the other girls and say that it was all a ruse.”
Wood also shared a text message that Manson‘s attorney Howard King allegedly sent to Smithline:
“Closure is important to Brian and he thinks you can help each other.”
Wood is currently seeking to have Smithline‘s recantation labeled as “wholly unreliable.” However, Smithline has since fired back with her own statement:
“Evan‘s full of shit. That’s my comment. She’s saying anything she can to discredit me.”
The numerous women who came forward against Manson were initially inspired by Wood, who said the shock rocker “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Among those who shared their stories were Smithline, Esmé Bianco, who recently settled a lawsuit in which she accused him of abuse and human trafficking, 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 since dismissed lawsuit after accusing him of sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc., one unidentified woman, who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of rape, and another unidentified woman, who filed a lawsuit after claiming the frontman sexually assaulted her when she was only 16 years old.
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, the couple are trying to have the complaint dismissed through an anti-SLAPP statute. Manson is seeking to deny the motion for dismissal, but he was unable to use Smithline’s latest comments to make his case. A judge denied the inclusion of the recantation since Manson’s legal team chose not to depose Smithline. King said the following about that:
“It is unsurprising that Evan Rachel Wood is desperately fighting to keep Ashley Smithline’s testimony out of court—because she knows the truth will expose her plot to manipulate the women who trusted her in order to destroy Brian Warner. Brian Warner never abused anyone. Ashley Smithline has told the truth. It’s sadly predictable that Evan Rachel Wood—someone who has already filed a forged FBI letter under oath in other court proceedings—remains committed to not doing the same.”
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