Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault, Etc. Lawsuit Filed Against Marilyn Manson By His Former Assistant

According to CBS News, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern has dismissed the lawsuit that was filed against Marilyn Manson by his former assistant Ashley Walters. The judge cited the statute of limitations, saying that “the plaintiff has pleaded too few facts and too late to keep this case in court.”

As previously reported, Walters was suing the shock rocker for sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and more. Her lawyers are currently planning to appeal the judge’s latest decision. They said the following:

“We are deeply disappointed in the court’s decision today. If allowed to stand, this decision would drastically limit the ability of victims of abuse to obtain justice through the legal system. We clearly pleaded the facts of this case in the complaint detailing the trauma and abuse Ashley endured, which prevented her from coming forward sooner. While the court based its decision on the timeliness of Ashley‘s claims and not the merits, we disagree with the court’s interpretation of the law as it applies to equitable estoppel and the delayed filing of abuse claims. We remain confident that a full review of the facts in this case will result in a successful appeal, which we plan on filing.”

Walters added:

“Nobody gets to choose exactly how they process abuse or threats. I am disheartened in the court’s decision today not just for my case, but for the message it sends to other survivors out there trying to balance how they process abuse with arbitrary court deadlines. We will not let this hurdle stop us from shining a light on what happened to me and others.”

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 Walters, 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,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who filed a lawsuit after being sexually assaulted and abused multiple times, 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 and has even 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.

Esmé Bianco Says Marilyn Manson Pressured Deftones To Remove Footage Of Her From Their Current Tour

As previously reported, Esmé Bianco is currently suing Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Warner, after accusing the singer of sexual assault and human trafficking. Now, according to Rolling Stone, the actress has leveled more allegations against him, saying that he pressured Deftones into removing footage of her from their current tour.

Bianco’s lawyers said the following about Deftones scrapping the footage in a recent legal filing:

“In exchange for providing her images, Ms. Bianco expected an economic benefit from significant public exposure via the band’s worldwide tour and the opportunity to continue working with the highly sought-after creative director who oversaw the project.”

Bianco also commented:

“[Manson] flipped out and was having a complete meltdown about the fact that I was working with Deftones and … they decided to cut my footage.”

The document went on to say that Manson “used his power and influence in the entertainment industry to interfere with Ms. Bianco’s ability to continue working with Deftones.”

Bianco added:

“By continuing to threaten my career opportunities, Warner again demonstrates that even amidst criminal investigation and civil litigation he will stop at nothing in an attempt to silence his victims. The complicity of those who enable these intimidation tactics demonstrates why survivors are so hesitant to come forward. If those who hold power to stand up to abusers choose not to, survivors will stand alone.”

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 death threats.

For his part, Manson has continued to deny the allegations and has even 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.

John 5 Opens Up About 2003 Onstage Altercation With Marilyn Manson

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” John 5 opened up about an infamous onstage altercation he had with Marilyn Manson at the 2003 Rock Am Ring festival in Germany, Sadly, the guitarist says the incident happened while he was mourning the untimely death of his sister.

John 5 said the following:

“What happened was my sister passed away, my sister died unexpectedly. And I was shocked. I was in Europe and I was coming down the stairs, off a stage after a concert, and they told me my sister died. And I was in a state of shock; you just go into a state of shock. And here’s the strange thing that happened to me: I didn’t sleep for days and days and days. It was the strangest thing. I just wasn’t tired. And I remember going to the bandmembers’ rooms, going, ‘I can’t sleep. I just can’t sleep. I haven’t slept in now two days’ or blah blah blah.

So anyways, fast forward to the [Rock Am Ring] show. Now, what Manson did, that happened all the time. He didn’t do anything wrong. I just snapped. It was weird. I went nuts. I didn’t even remember. I just snapped. And I feel terrible watching it now because it really was my fault. You can’t really hear what he’s saying, obviously, but he’s saying, ‘Pick up your guitar.’ ‘Cause it looks like he’s going, ‘Come on. Come on.’ But he’s saying, ‘Pick up your guitar. Pick up your guitar,’ because he knew what was going on. And I feel horrible about it. But it was just a bad situation at that time… It was terrible because he was so nice during that time and all that stuff. I was in such a weird place, and it was just a bad time. I don’t even remember it happening. It was just terrible.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Evan Rachel Wood On Marilyn Manson’s Defamation Lawsuit: “I Have The Truth On My Side”

As previously reported, Marilyn Manson recently filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood and her partner Illma Gore due to the disturbing abuse allegations that the “Westworld” actress leveled against him. Now, during a recent appearance on “The View,” Wood commented on the lawsuit, saying that she is confident that she has the truth on her side.

Wood said the following about Manson while discussing her HBO documentary “Phoenix Rising,” which chronicles the abuse allegations to “protect people” and “sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there”:

“In the first place, I was not drawn to him — he was drawn to me. He approached me under the guise of work, false promises. And that is part of the grooming process. He was grooming me the second he said hello. Grooming is when you present a false persona to somebody and you tell them lies to lure them into a false sense of security so that they become vulnerable around you. They start opening up, they start giving up their secrets and vulnerabilities. You’re mining information. It’s the epitome of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Once they have the information, once they know that you feel safe, they know that the manipulation can start.”

She later continued:

“Society around this issue is so geared around shame and victim blaming and that is by design. Even the way we speak about these things… we’re still asking victims the question why they didn’t leave. And the fact that we’re still asking that question tells me how much work there is to do. Nobody ever asks why the abuser didn’t leave. If he was so upset, if he hated you so much… ‘Why are you hitting her? Why don’t you just leave?’ We’re programmed to say these things and ask these questions, but we need to start asking different questions”

Wood also added the following when asked about the defamation lawsuit:

“I can’t speak about any of the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but I am not scared. I am sad because this is how it works. This is what pretty much every survivor that tries to expose someone in a position of power goes through. This is part of the retaliation that keeps survivors quiet. This is why people don’t want to come forward. This was expected.”

“I’m very confident I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out and this this [lawsuit] is clearly timed before the documentary — there’s a reason. Again, I’m not doing this [film] to clear my name, I’m doing this to protect people. I’m doing this to sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there and I don’t want anybody getting near him. People can think whatever they want about me, I have to let the legal process run its course. I’m steady as a rock.”

“I have a platform. I’m privileged, I’m white. I have resources… and we should all be alarmed — I have these things in my corner and I’m still struggling.”

Since Wood made her initial statement in 2021, many other women have come forward with disturbing allegations against Manson including: Esmé Bianco, Ashley Walters, Ashley Morgan Smithline and more.

[via Loudwire]

Marilyn Manson Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Evan Rachel Wood (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Marilyn Manson has since shared the full defamation lawsuit online.

Original Story:

Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Warner, has filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood and her partner Illma Gore. The move comes after Wood opened about the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of the musician. Those accusations have since inspired Esmé Bianco, Ashley Walters, Ashley Morgan Smithline and many other women to come forward with disturbing allegations against the singer.

Rolling Stone shared a summary of the lawsuit:

“Warner’s lawsuit claims Wood and Gore impersonated an FBI agent to give the appearance that a federal investigation into Warner’s alleged crimes was ongoing. They allegedly sent letters from this agent to women who would later make public allegations against Warner to suggest that they were in danger. Warner also claims that Wood and Gore “provided checklists and scripts to prospective accusers, listing the specific alleged acts of abuse that they should claim against Warner” and that they made false statements to these women “including the defamatory claim that Warner filmed the sexual assault of a minor.”

The suit also claims that Gore attempted to obtain Warner’s login information and hacked into his computer, phone, and email. She allegedly created a fake email account to claim Warner was sending people pornography and that she “swatted” Warner (sending police to look into the artist under a false pretense) after Wood came forward with her allegations.”

Warner himself also commented on social media:

“There will come a time when I can share more about the events of the past year. Until then, I’m going to let the facts speak for themselves.”

His lawyer, Howard King, also issued a statement to Rolling Stone, saying his client has also taken issue with the HBO documentary “Phoenix Rising” (out March 15), which focuses on Wood’s abuse allegations:

“This detailed complaint has been filed to stop a campaign of malicious and unjustified attacks on Brian Warner. Years after the end of Evan Rachel Wood’s long-term relationship with Warner, she and her girlfriend Illma Gore recruited numerous women and convinced them to make false allegations against him — claims that Wood and Gore scripted for them. … Even though HBO and the producers have been made aware of these serious acts of misconduct, they have thus far chosen to proceed without regard for the facts. But the evidence of wrongdoing by Wood and Gore is irrefutable – and this legal action will hold them to account.”

Marilyn Manson Reportedly Contributing To Kanye West’s “Donda 2”

It looks like Kanye West (aka Ye) is still collaborating with Marilyn Manson, despite the numerous disturbing rape and sexual assault allegations against him. The shock rocker is reportedly contributing to the rapper’s new album “Donda 2,” which is expected to be released on February 22.

West’s collaborator and producer Digital Nas told Rolling Stone the following:

“I see Marilyn a lot in the studio. Like, every day I go to the studio, Marilyn is there working on ‘Donda 2‘.”

He also added:

“[West] doesn’t want Marilyn to play rap beat. He wants Marilyn to play what he makes, and then Ye will take parts of that and sample parts of that and use parts of that, like he did [generally when making] ‘Yeezus‘. … He has some producers from ‘Yeezus‘ working on ‘Donda 2‘ this time around, [as well as] Marilyn, me, a bunch of producers from ‘Donda 1‘.”

Digital Nas also had the following to say about West‘s decision to work with Manson:

“I think it’s moreso that Ye is coming from a standpoint of like, ‘We all make mistakes.’ I think that’s maybe why he had DaBaby and Marilyn at that one show. I’m just assuming it is from a standpoint of like, ‘We’re all sinners. We all make mistakes. We shouldn’t point the finger at someone for the mistakes they’ve made or something like that.”

This news comes after it was revealed that Manson is currently eligible for a Grammy thanks to his work on West’s 2021 album “Donda,” which is up for “Album Of The Year.” Manson guested on “Jail pt 2” from that effort alongside DaBaby, who is currently facing backlash for making homophobic comments onstage. He also has writing credits on the song “Jail.”

Marilyn Manson’s West Hollywood Residence Raided By Police

According to Rolling Stone, Marilyn Manson’s West Hollywood, CA residence was raided by L.A. County Sheriff investigators earlier today (November 28). The Special Victims Unit searched the home for items related to the numerous sexual assault allegations against the singer.

A source told Rolling Stone the following:

“What I can confirm is there was a search warrant that was served this morning. It’s confirmed it was [Manson’s] address, his location. It was a search warrant for his belongings.”

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 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,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who filed a lawsuit for sexual assault and abuse, 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.

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 a 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.”

The Recording Academy’s CEO On Marilyn Manson Being Up For A Grammy For His Work With Kanye West: “We Won’t Look Back At People’s History”

Marilyn Manson, who is currently facing multiple lawsuits related to rape and sexual assault allegations, is apparently eligible for a possible Grammy win thanks to his work on Kanye West‘s latest album “Donda.“ Despite the controversy surrounding the singer, The Recording Academy’s CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., says they “won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration.”

Harvey Mason Jr. told The Wrap the following:

“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration.

What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”

For those unaware, Manson is featured on West‘s “Jail pt 2” alongside DaBaby, who is currently facing backlash for making homophobic comments onstage. He also has writing credits on the song “Jail.”

Marilyn Manson’s Lawyer Says “Global Mediation” With Alleged Victims Is “In The Cards”

Stephen D. Rothschild, a defense lawyer representing Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner), seems to be considering a possible settlement with the numerous women who have accused the singer of sexual assault and abuse. During a recent court hearing, Rothschild said that he believes a “global mediation” could be “in the cards.”

Rolling Stone reported the following about this latest development:

“At a court hearing in Los Angeles, defense lawyer Stephen D. Rothschild started by saying Warner’s side was open to settlement discussions with the Jane Doe ex-girlfriend who claims the musician brutally raped her at his residence in 2011. The lawyer then took it a step further.

“‘There are other cases that are somewhat related, and so as things progress, we may decide that it’s best to have a global mediation. I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon, but it is in the cards,’ Rothschild said.”

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 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,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who filed a lawsuit for sexual assault and abuse, 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.

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 a 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.”

Marilyn Manson Accuser Says Seeing The Singer Praying With Kanye West And Justin Bieber Was “Like Being Retraumatized”

As previously reported, Marilyn Manson recently made headlines after he was seen praying with Kanye West and Justin Bieber during a “Sunday Service” event. Many have assumed that the move was part of a publicity stunt to distract people from the numerous rape and sexual assault allegations against him. One of his accusers, actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, has even commented on the prayer circle, saying that seeing Manson with West and Bieber was “like being retraumatized.”

Smithline, who is currently suing Manson for sexual assault, abuse, etc., told People the following:

“It makes everyone really fucking sick. This is just like being retraumatized. And it’s just showing the point that the world doesn’t really care if you rape and if you beat and hurt all these [women], you can do whatever you want, basically, if you have money and you’re a guy and you’re famous.”

A spokesperson for Manson also responded saying that his religious beliefs are “nobody’s business.”

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.

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 a 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.”