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Marilyn Manson in the News (May 4 - May 28, 2023)

May 9 - Anti-SLAPP Rulings Revealed and Why Marilyn Manson Has a Strong Case for an Appeal Anti-SLAPP laws work by putting more burden than usual on defamed plaintiffs like Manson, forcing them to clearly show at the outset that their case is legitimate. In California, the reason strict anti-SLAPP laws exist is because they have so many cases to go through, and it helps to alleviate the pressure of the courts by making cases less time consuming by eliminating certain aspects of a claim before they go to discovery. The major drawback of this is that a plaintiff must enter the case with all their evidence in hand when it comes to defamation claims even before discovery can be conducted. Thus, it makes it almost impossible for a defamation claim to pass into the discovery portion of the case unless the unquestionable evidence already clearly exists. In some cases, like Manson's, the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim can also be part of the anti-SLAPP.   Summary of the

How Marilyn Manson Got Canceled

"I think that a lot of people don't understand what Marilyn Manson is about." 
- Marilyn Manson (Rolling Stone, July 1997)
Throughout the world the name Marilyn Manson has been associated with controversy since the 1990's and evoked feelings of both fear and disgust by young and old alike. Early on in his career, especially with the release of his sophomore album Antichrist Superstar in 1996, it was common to see dozens if not hundreds of protestors outside his concert venues, fueled by rumors that evil satanic rituals were taking place during his concerts luring naive teenagers over to the dark side. In addition to this, he was accused of slaughtering puppies on stage, removing one of his ribs in order to be able to give himself oral pleasure, encouraging youth to commit suicide, removing a girlfriends eye for his own sexual pleasure, getting breast implants, cutting off his nipple, removing a toe to inject himself with heroine, and killing hospital patients, among other things. Though all these rumors were demonstrably false, the fact that Manson was onstage wearing make up with freaky contact lenses, dressed provocatively, burning Bibles and flags, and using occult and blasphemous imagery, this was enough for him to be despised and warrant any apparent false accusation.
Then came the unfortunate Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Every local and national news station was looking for a scapegoat to place the blame, and Marilyn Manson, who had already been made a scapegoat by many parents, politicians and religious leaders for being the cause of countless evils in society, was the first to be blamed while he was at the peak of his career. Out of respect till everything got sorted out, Manson canceled his remaining tour dates, and was not seen or heard from for months, mainly because of all the death threats against him. During this time it was discovered that the two shooters at Columbine High School were not even fans of Marilyn Manson. Nonetheless, the damage was done, and the accusation derailed his ascending career, even though he has since come back with strong albums that have reached the top of the charts. As of today, Marilyn Manson has been accused of being the inspiration behind at least 36 school shootings and dozens of suicides, all without foundation.
Despite all the success and the slander, Marilyn Manson has also always sought to be in a stable relationship, as his list of long time relationships reveals. He was engaged twice (Rose McGowan and Evan Rachel Wood) and married twice (Dita Von Teese and Lindsay Usich), and remains married to this day to Usich, with whom he has had an on again off again relationship since 2010.

In November 2005, Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese married Manson after almost five years together, they were married for about a year, and she filed for divorce from Manson on December 29, 2006, citing “irreconcilable differences”. In reality, 37 year old Manson was spending too much time with the 19 year old actress Evan Rachel Wood. From 2007 to 2010 he and Wood were in an on again off again relationship, and were engaged in January 2010 for eight months, until she parted ways with Manson. Between 2010 and 2012 is the key time period from which most of the various recent accusations against Manson come. In 2012 his relationship with Usich became more stable.

In 2016 the #MeToo movement became a worldwide movement of female empowerment, and while Evan Rachel Wood spoke glowingly of her relationship with Manson since their break up until early that same year, by November 2016, specifically on the day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Evan admitted to Rolling Stone magazine that she had been raped, but did not name her rapist. She would later admit that she never realized she was raped until 2016, when her role as an activist was becoming realized, and it took her seven years to come to this realization of being at one time a victim of domestic abuse, but by the time she came to the realization, she was unable to bring charges against her rapists (she says there were two of them at two different times in her life) due to the statute of limitations in California. This is when she created and championed The Phoenix Act, to help survivors like herself in California by extending the statute of limitations for domestic violence. She claimed that it was out fear for her life that she did not name her rapist.

Cancelation day began for Marilyn Manson on February 1, 2021 when not only Evan but multiple other women from Manson's past came out publicly on social media in an obvious organized way to name him as their rapist and abuser. It was a brutal assault of accusations and allegations with many horrific crimes and heinous acts cited against Manson, and the allegations alone proved to many around the world that Marilyn Manson was indeed the monster they always thought him to be and feared, but even many long time fans of Manson abandoned ship and decided they were going to believe the women even before Manson could respond. This is mainly due to the #MeToo movement, which advocates the belief in all women who make accusations against men while at the same time eliminating due process for those who are accused. Over the course of the next four months four lawsuits were specifically brought against Manson and the accusations and allegations were piling up, seemingly putting him in a hopeless situation of ever revitalizing his career. The lawsuits came from British actress Esme Bianco, his personal assistant Ashley Walters, model Ashley Morgan Smithline, and a former girlfriend who filed as "Jane Doe". During this time Marilyn Manson not only lost fans and friendships, but also his long time manager, his record label and his appearances on television shows which he would have appeared in. With this Marilyn Manson became officially canceled.

However, the story does not end there. From the beginning devoted fans of Marilyn Manson diligently examined all the accusations and evidence cited against him, because they believed he had the right to due process, and both fans and non-fans alike began to see many holes and contradictions and outright lies. Manson's lawyer also began issuing short statements to respond to the baselessness of the allegations and indicating Manson's resolve to one day make his case when the time comes. In fact, the evidence that Marilyn Manson is innocent of all the heinous crimes cited against him has become so apparent that it is now time to uncancel Marilyn Manson and expose his (false) accusers. Though this has slowly and painstakingly been going on for months, primarily on social media, here at we will systematically present all the evidence and establish as much as we are able the case in favor of Marilyn Manson.
To be clear, it is not our intention to present Manson as a saint or a model of virtue, which are things Manson has never presented himself as, nor are we interested whether or not every detail of the allegations are true or false, as some seemingly minor things are indeed most probably true, but our intention is to respond to anything that would warrant Manson's cancelation and possible trouble with the law. The author does not know Manson or anyone in his circle, has never had any contact with Manson, nor even met him.
Please check back for regular updates as the case is presented.