Judge Dismisses Sex Assault Lawsuit Against Marilyn Manson

Judge Dismisses Sex Assault Lawsuit Against Marilyn Manson

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A federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed a sex assault lawsuit against Marilyn Manson earlier this month.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, had denied the allegations made by model and entertainer Ashley Morgan Smithline, who sued him for sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unlawful imprisonment, and more.

After Jay Ellwanger, who was representing Smithline and filed the charges, withdrew as her attorney in October, the latter failed to meet a deadline by December to acquire new representation or represent herself. This led to the court’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit against Manson.

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

Smithline publicly accused Manson of abuse in a detailed cover story with People magazine in May 2021, following accusations by Manson’s ex-partner Evan Rachel Wood.

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