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Marilyn Manson sued by former assistant over alleged abuse

By | Published on Wednesday 19 May 2021

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has been sued by a former assistant, Ashley Walters, who accuses him of sexual harassment, abuse and battery.

The lawsuit, which names Manson and his record label Marilyn Manson Records as defendants, says that the musician “physically and verbally threatened” Walters during her time working for him from 2010 to 2011. Some attacks, it is alleged, came during “drug induced fits of rage”.

As well as numerous claims of abusive behaviour by Manson towards Walters herself, the lawsuit also details incidents of the musician allegedly abusing other women, including his former girlfriends Evan Rachel Wood and Esmé Bianco.

Wood went public with her own allegations against Manson in January, after years of alluding to abuse without naming him. Meanwhile, ‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Bianco sued Manson last month.

In the lawsuit, Walters says that at various points she snuck food and drinks into a bedroom for both Wood and Bianco, who were afraid to leave the room themselves. She also claims that Manson told her that “he had gotten away with raping women” and that he “wanted to kill women he was involved with”.

As for why she is filing a lawsuit a decade after she stopped working with Manson, the legal filing says that she only realised that “what she suffered during employment was not only traumatic, but [also] unlawful” after other women asked her to share her experiences of working with the musician.

Manson has not commented on this lawsuit, but has previously denied the other allegations made against him. Following the allegations made by Wood, as well as several other women, in January, Manson was dropped by his record label Loma Vista Recordings and talent agent CAA.