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Sexual assault lawsuit against Marilyn Manson dismissed

By | Published on Friday 17 September 2021

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One of the sexual assault lawsuits recently filed against Marilyn Manson has been dismissed, due to the statute of limitations.

In the lawsuit, filed in June, an unnamed woman accused the musician of raping her and threatening to kill her in 2011. She also alleged that he had shown her a video in which he abused a female fan backstage at a concert.

At a hearing earlier this week, the judge overseeing the case dismissed it, saying that there was not enough evidence to extend the statute of limitations. The accuser had said that she had not come forward sooner due to repressed memories.

The judge did, however, give 20 days for the suit to be amended and resubmitted if additional details about the alleged rape can be provided.

There are three other outstanding lawsuits against Manson accusing him of sexual assault, from Ashley Morgan Smithline, ‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Esme Blanco, and his former assistant Ashley Walters.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, in a new filing in a criminal assault case against Manson, his attorney claimed that a videographer consented to being exposed to bodily fluids at a show in New Hampshire in 2019.

The musician was arrested in July over an outstanding warrant linked to that alleged incident. He was charged with two counts of simple assault, following claims by videographer Susan Fountain – who was filming a show at the Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion in August 2019 – that he spat into the lens on her during his performance, also splashing saliva and snot onto her hands.

“The defendant’s performance for the past 20 years are well known to include shocking and evocative antics similar to those that occurred here”, attorney Kent Barker wrote in the new filing. “The alleged victim consented to exposing herself to potential contact with sweat, saliva and phlegm in close quarters”.

Barker also said that Manson will argue that getting snot on Fountain was unintentional and will plead not guilty to the charges against him. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to a jail sentence of under a year and a fine of $2000.