Sexual Assault Lawsuit from Manson Accuser Refiled After Original Judge Dismissal

Cody Wagner, Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect the proper number of lawsuits filed against Manson and who filed the lawsuits.

In May, Jane Doe, former girlfriend of shock rocker Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner), filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the musician. Doe once again faced the spotlight just three months later with the court hearing on Sept. 14. 

The evidence presented during the hearing consisted of heartbreaking and horrid tales as Manson was reportedly engaged in dangerous and explicit sexual acts that caused Doe to fear for her life and safety, while inflicting major trauma and emotional damage in the process. According to a report by Spin Magazine:

“Doe accounts a time when Manson told her that he would bash her head in if she reported the musician to the police.” She also claimed that he would force her to have sex with him and get on top of him and when he would fall asleep Doe would try to leave but was quickly refuted and forced to continue sexual activity. Doe added that while the two were dating back in 2011, Manson expressed his relationship with another former girlfriend and early accuser, actress Evan Rachel Wood, stating that he wanted to kill her by tying Wood to a chair and shooting her. Doe also stated that she cannot be certain of the exact moment that she repressed the memories of the forced oral and vaginal rape, but knows that it was sometime in the hours or at most very few days after the incident.”

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After expressing her testimony, the lawsuit ended up being dismissed by Judge Gregory Keosian, who stated, “due to Jane Doe’s claim of repressed memories, there wasn’t enough evidence to extend the statute of limitations in the case.” The case was 10 years old and, according to California state law, a 10-year limit must be met in accordance with the crime when a case involves a lawsuit filed by a sexual assault survivor. 

Doe was given approximately 20 days to refile the suit, and did it within seven.  Doe’s legal team commented on the outcome, stating, “[Marilyn Manson] wants to silence our client about her rape. He tried to use technical legal arguments to get her case thrown out altogether.” 

After reviewing and analyzing the state law once more, Keosian allowed for Doe’s legal team to go forward with the refile as long as Doe amends her complaint to add some additional details. These details would have to be adequate pieces of evidence, such as additional testimony from friends, family, and peers of Doe’s. Alongside adequate and formal testimony, DNA evidence must also be presented in tying Manson to the crimes if Doe’s legal counsel has any hope of the case going forward.

At the moment, no indication of evidence related to any form of abuse has been presented in combating Manson’s innocence

In addition to Doe, Manson currently faces two other lawsuits from Game of Thrones star Esme Bianco and  Ashley Morgan Smithline in relation to claims of sexual assault, battery, rape, human trafficking and emotional distress.

All this and more will be covered as the story continues to progress.