Marilyn Manson Faces Fourth Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Marilyn Manson sexual assault lawsuit
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Marilyn Manson is facing another sexual assault lawsuit from a fourth woman.

Manson is being sued by model and entertainer Ashley Morgan Smithline for sexual assault, sexual battery, unlawful imprisonment, and more. Smithline filed the lawsuit on June 29 in a California federal court. She is one of many women who spoke out about alleged abuse at the hands of the shock rocker in February.

Smithline says she was first contacted by Manson, real name Brian Warner, in the summer of 2010. She alleged that he developed an obsession with her, telling her that she was the perfect girl for him and frequently demanding pictures. Smithline says Manson flew her to Los Angeles to work on a remake of the movie True Romance.

Smithline says she began a consensual sexual relationship with Manson after arriving in Los Angeles. “It quickly became apparent that consensual sex was not enough for [Manson],” the lawsuit reads. She says she was sexually assaulted twice in 2010. During the second assault, Manson “grabbed a knife next to the bed and began cutting Ms. Smithline’s shoulder, inner arm, and stomach.”

Smithline says she continued to fly to Los Angeles to see Manson several times between November 2010 and January 2013. She says she continued to visit him “due to the severe mental duress caused by abuse.” She alleges she endured threats made against her life any time she threatened to leave.

“Smithline deals with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic attacks as a result,” the lawsuit reads. She is suing Marilyn Manson and his Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. label for violations of the Bane Act and violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

Smithline claims that Manson employed fraud to bring her to the United States from Thailand, where she had been modeling prior to 2010. The lawsuit alleges that Manson “encouraged Ms. Smithline to transition to acting from a career in modeling by promising work opportunities that never materialized.”

The Bane Act is cited because the lawsuit alleges that Manson interfered with Smithline’s civil rights regarding her religion and right to be free from sexual discrimination and harassment. Smithline says Manson abused her with Nazi paraphernalia because of her Jewish heritage.

“I am not a victim, I am a survivor, and my decision today to seek justice is me standing up to demand that my abuser be held accountable,” a statement from Smithline’s representatives shared with Pitchfork.

“My hope is that by coming forward and taking these necessary actions against Brian Warner, the world will see exactly who he is, and for me, it’s worth it if my actions prevent others from getting hurt.”

8 Responses

  1. Martin

    That guy is a freak. This will not be over any time soon.

  2. Take the Red Pill

    She didn’t call the police.

    Waited 10 years.

    Did Bill Cosby give her some Spanish Fly, too?

    • Geronimo

      Way to look into the effects of sexual assault on victims and why they don’t come forward immediately (or at all). Do your research.

      • Dolphus Raymond

        Geronimo, when you read “To Kill A Mockingbird” I bet you were rooting for the crowd to lynch Tom Robinson.

        Believe all women, including the liars!

        Women lie all the time about sexual assault and rape, especially when there’s money to be made by throwing gasoline on a smoldering fire.

        You think the allegation alone is proof that something happened.

        What’s it like to be so dumb that you’re part of a lynch mob?

        • Geronimo

          You’d lose that bet. What an ignorant comment.

          I never said anything about the allegations proving or not proving the act. I stated that it is important to understand things from the victim standpoint.

          As for your last question…I have no doubt you could answer that best.

  3. Tu Soon?

    Money grab by knee-spreading weirdo sluts who suddenly are me-too grifters.

    • Millie

      That’s an assumption. There may be some, but there may be some legitimacy to the claims. Your mom might be one of them.