- 19 May 21
Manson's team has categorically denied the accusations. CW: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault.
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is being sued by Ashley Walters, his former assistant. The complaint, filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County on Tuesday (May 18), alleges that Manson would have violent outbursts, and made her work for 48 hours straight, among other things.
The lawsuit follows one made earlier this year by Manson's former girlfriend, Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco, who detailed that Manson was "a monster who almost destroyed [her]".
According to The Cut, Walters (age 37), is one of more than a dozen women who have come forward to share their experiences of abuse at the hands of Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner. Walters alleges that when she met Manson in 2010, he pushed her on his bed after a photoshoot, pinned her down, and attempted to kiss her. Manson “then moved behind Walters and bit her ear while grabbing her hand and placing it in his underwear,” according to the complaint.
Though she managed to escape that particular situation, Walters claims the abuse became more intense after she started working with him. The 17-page lawsuit describes incidents where Manson would keep her awake for days, pushed her against a wall, and sent her photos of Bianco's cut up back along with the subject line: "see what happens?".
The lawsuit also alleges that Manson "commonly offered Walters up to his influential industry friends and associates.” Walters was, according to the lawsuit, expected to "please" his friends "in whatever way they desired."
Manson would also allegedly ask Walters and other women around him to wear Nazi paraphernalia while being recorded, so he would have collateral if they ever spoke out against him.
According to the complaint, after a series of arguments in 2011, Manson fired Walters. One week later, after texting her to tell her he loved her and considered her family, he rehired Walters – promising his behaviour would change. She didn’t want to cut him off entirely, and thought it was better to “have him as a friend as opposed to an enemy,” The Cut says. Two weeks after he rehired Walters, according to the lawsuit, Manson slipped back into abusive patterns.
Walters' mentality changed when actress Evan Rachel Wood gave a harrowing testimony in 2018 about an unnamed abuser, which Walters knew to be Manson based on the descriptions of abuse. In the Autumn of 2020, Wood, Bianco and a number of Manson's ex-girlfriends reached out to Walters and they began sharing their stories. “A lot of the isolation and a lot of the psychological abuse was very similar to what I experienced,” she told The Cut.
Walters says her end goal is to hold Manson accountable. There are several allegations of abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence out against Manson currently. Many women, including Wood and Bianco as well as Wolf Alice's Ellie Roswell, and more have spoken about their alleged experience with the hopes that Manson will be held accountable. The allegations filed by Walters are being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.