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Judge dismisses Marilyn Manson sexual assault lawsuit

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Marilyn Manson has one less lawsuit hanging over him at the moment. According to Spin, a California judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by model Ashley Morgan Smithline against the musician after Smithline failed to hire a new attorney to represent himself during a 90-day window set by the court.

Smithline initially accused Manson of sexual assault, human trafficking and illegal imprisonment. In October, Smithline’s attorney Jay Ellwanger withdrew from the case, with Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Roache granting Smithline a window to get its legal affairs in order. The judge dismissed the case on Tuesday (January 3).

“We thank and commend Ashley Smithline for dismissing her claims against Brian Warner without seeking or receiving anything in return,” said Manson’s attorney, Howard King. “EM. Smithline has refused to be manipulated by others who are trying to pursue their own agendas against Mr. Warner. We wish him well and will continue to work to ensure that a significant price is paid by those who attempted to abuse our legal system” .

According to Spin, Manson’s legal team says they felt Smithline “was manipulated to fabricate lies” about the musician and that Ellwanger intentionally misrepresented Smithline’s whereabouts to delay an earlier deposition. They claim that Smithline had fired Ellwanger last April, but the attorney continued to communicate with Manson’s attorney for several months beyond that.

Smithline initially shared their allegations against Manson in a May 2021 interview with People, filing a lawsuit against the singer shortly thereafter. In his People interview, Smithline says Manson bit her, whipped her, slashed her with a swastika-emblazoned knife, shoved his fist in her mouth during sex, forced her into a blood pact where Manson drank her blood and made her drink his blood, and imprisoned her in a glass case over 100 times. Manson denied the allegations.

This marks the second case against Manson to be filed. In May of this year, an abuse lawsuit against the singer filed by his former assistant Ashley Walters was also filed. Walters alleged sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, interference with the exercise of civil rights in violation of the Bane Act, sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress in a 16-page lawsuit. These documents also revealed specific allegations of these offenses with over 100 line items listed in the Damage Claims section.

Billboard received the filing documents for Walters’ case, where the judge dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning that Walters will not be able to re-bring the charges and start another lawsuit against Manson for the aforementioned claims.

The singer still faces a process of The Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco. Manson, meanwhile, has filed a defamation suit against actress and ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, who initially made allegations of abuse against Manson and recounted her allegations in a documentary. Wood and his ex-girlfriend Illma Gore were sued by Manson for intentionally inflicting emotional distress, defamation, violation of the Comprehensive Computer Data and Access Fraud Act, and internet impersonation.

Below you can see a timeline of the allegations against Manson.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are resources available to help. Visit RAINN (National Rape, Abuse and Incest Network) online or dial 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).

Timeline of abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson

After actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly accused rock singer Marilyn Manson of abuse in February 2021, similar allegations by others against the musician also surfaced. Below is a timeline of these allegations, starting with Wood’s 2018 testimony, which revealed alleged abuse of her but had yet to identify an assailant. Manson denied the allegations. He subsequently sued Wood for fraud and conspiracy in March 2022.