Another Marilyn Manson Abuse Lawsuit Has Been Dismissed

Model Ashley Morgan Smithline alleged the musician abused her from 2010 to 2013

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 5, 2023

A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by model Ashley Morgan Smithline accusing Marilyn Manson of sexual abuse.

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A report from The Los Angeles Times cites court documents confirming that US District Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha dismissed the lawsuit today without prejudice.

The paper notes that Smithline "fired her attorney in October and did not notify the court of a substitute" by a December deadline, and is able to refile the suit with new representation.

Smithline's lawsuit, filed in 2021, accused Manson (born Brian Warner) of rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, human trafficking, unlawful imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She had previously detailed her claims against the musician in an interview with People earlier that year.

In a statement to Rolling Stone upon news of the lawsuit breaking, a rep for the artist denied Smithline's claims, characterizing her relationship with Warner as one which "lasted less than a week in 2010."

Warner continues to face a lawsuit from actress and Game of Thrones star Esmé Bianco, and in March of last year, sued Evan Rachel Wood for defamation after the actress publicly named him as her abuser for the first time in 2021. Wood, who would detail her allegations further in documentary Phoenix Rising, responded to the musician's legal action in an appearance on The View.

In May of last year, a lawsuit filed by Warner's former assistant was dismissed in court over the statute of limitations.

In September, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office concluded that upon evaluating investigative materials collected over a 19-month period by detectives from the County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Bureau, further evidence would be collected before criminal charges against Warner would be considered.

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