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Marilyn Manson in the News (September 12 - September 30, 2022)


 - Los Angeles District Attorney Gives Unexpected Update On the Marilyn Manson Case

On September 12th I received a direct video response to a question I submitted on Evan Rachel Wood's birthday (September 7th - per her request through her Instagram stories) directly to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in their #AskTheDA series on Instagram. I figured since they weren't answering questions submitted to their website, maybe I can humor Evan and get a direct response from District Attorney George Gasc├│n himself. And it worked! See the video below for his response:  



Apparently it is a rare thing for the LA District Attorney to make such an announcement regarding such a case, which is why this story was reported everywhere: FOX LA, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Metal Injection, Loudwire, among many others. It seemed as if every news outlet jumped at the chance to report how rare this was, adding to the fact that it was announced the investigation results would likely be submitted to the District Attorney's office within a month. But Evan Rachel Wood, the one person who seemed to most eagerly want this update after asking for it for months, refused to even mention it. Why? We can only assume that she didn't like the answer. As of September 30th, there has not been a peep from Evan on this update.

 

- Marilyn Manson Goes Viral in Mexico Over a Miguel Hidalgo Art Piece That "Looks Like" Him

In early September, users of social networks in Mexico compared an art piece used for the national holidays of the face of Miguel Hidalgo with Marilyn Manson.

The art piece was placed on the facade of the City Hall of Tepotzotlán, Mexico.

The Twitter user @arcadnium was the one who started the comparisons, assuring that the green art piece was more similar to Marilyn Manson than to the Father of the Nation. He accompanied his post with: “Long live Marilyn Manson! Vivaaa!”. As of September 5th, this post had 14.4 thousand likes.

Those who followed the trend pointed out that, in other cities, Hidalgo's face was placed with the same resemblance as Manson, because the design appears to have long hair combed to the side, which gives the illusion of covering one eye.

 
 
 
- Marilyn Manson's 19-Month Investigation by the LASD Concludes and Heads to the Office of the DA

Seven days after District Attorney George Gascon issued his statement on the Marilyn Manson case, it was reported that the LASD finally concluded its 19-month investigation into the charges against Marilyn Manson by Evan Rachel Wood, and handed over their findings to the District Attorney's office where it awaits for a decision on whether to file criminal charges or even dismiss the case altogether.

However, the D.A.'s office then issued the following statement of clarification:


What exactly is going on between the LASD and the LADA?

It appears Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been critical of Gascon's progressive policies, calling him a "second public defender." He has complained about efforts to "defund" law enforcement, claiming he lacks resources as sheriff. Villanueva claims that Gascon isn't filing cases and that he won't "play pretend that we're going to work together and have this wonderful relationship."

In other words, Villanueva and Gascon don't see eye to eye and seem to not like each other. It appears internal politics could possibly play a role in the future of the Marilyn Manson case, but we hope not.

Gascon, as his statement seven days prior revealed, is playing politics with this case. He wants to make it look like he is doing everything possible to make sure the "victims" get justice, but he also appears he knows that there is no evidence against Marilyn Manson. To save face, Gascon probably complained to the LASD, in order to not allow any holes to exist in this investigation, so that when he says the case is dismissed, he will be as little criticized as possible.

 
- California Passes AB 2777, the Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act

The Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act, California Assembly Bill 2777 (AB 2777) was passed on September 19th.

California AB 2777 will take effect on January 1, 2023, and provide a three-year window for survivors of sexual assault to file claims for financial compensation as a result of crimes which occurred on or after January 1, 2009. In other words, sexual assault and abuse claims which would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations would officially be eligible to be brought in civil court through December 31, 2026.

As for how this affects Marilyn Manson, it opens the door for other accusers from within that time frame to make claims against him, women such as Sarah McNeilly, who eagerly posted information about this new bill on her Instagram account as soon as it passed. I see this law as a great injustice for the accused in general, and sets a bad precedent for the rest of the country.



- Attorney Jay Ellwanger Responds to Attorney Howard King

On September 17th, Attorney Jay Ellwanger issued a response to Attorney Howard King in regards to the ongoing drama as to whether Ashley Morgan Sminthline fired him or not. Ellwanger requested an in camera inspection of the documents, alleging attorney King failed to disclose communications with Smithline. This is based on the claim from King that Smithline kept calling his office. Ellwanger is alleging the declaration by King, which includes the emails as an Exhibit, are proof. He appears to be arguing King should have notified him based on existing attorney-client privilege.

Most interesting is Ellwanger claims Smithline DID NOT terminate their attorney-client privilege when she tried contacting King several times. As part of Ellwanger's declaration, he argues that King is relying on inadmissible and inaccurate information based on Instagram DM's. Also interesting is it appears he does not explain the *text messages* provided from Smithline she allegedly sent him where she fired him. In summary, Ellwanger is saying he was not fired.

The judge will rule on or after September 30th as court on this matter is set for 1:00 PM PST.

 
- New Filings in Esme Bianco v Marilyn Manson Include a Familiar Name, Ashley Walters

Ashley Walters "called off" a subpoenaed deposition on September 20th and was now requesting a 3-day extension. Her attorneys requested a 3-day extension with the reason being the unavailability of counsel.*

However, Marilyn Manson's attorney argued there is no good cause because Walters has five attorney's from two different firms, and one of her attorney's, Ms. Sukhija-Cohen, was available for the deposition.

In response, there is a declaration from Walters' attorney, Ms. Sukhija-Cohen. She explains she was out of the office from September 3 to the 20th and was "unable to review Ms. Walters' portion of the Joint Stipulation." Included in Ms. Sukhija-Cohen's declarations are two Exhibits.

Exhibit 1 is an e-mail chain dated September 19th stating Ms. Walters' attorney was out of the office. With relevant replies.

Exhibit 2 is a "Email from the Magistrate Judge’s Courtroom Deputy, dated Sep 7, 2022."

And as King points out, it appears Walters keeps delaying sitting down for a deposition for Esme Bianco's case.

The judge cancelled the upcoming September 30th court date, pending the results of the ongoing attorney withdrawal drama between Ashley Morgan Smithline and her attorney, Jay Ellwanger.

So it looks like we will have to wait and see what transpires. 

* It appears that on the day she was scheduled for her deposition and failed to appear due to unavailability, Ashley Walters attended the Rammstein concert in LA, as is confirmed by her photo that she posted on Instagram:


- Evan's Denial of Distributing Fake FBI Letter Disputed and Illma Ordered To Appear for a Deposition

The Daily Mail posted an update in reference to the September 27th filings in the Manson vs. Wood and Gore case. There we are told about how Evan Rachel Wood was accused of helping to distribute the fake FBI letter.

Manson's attorney, Jackson Trugman, said that Gore had used the allegedly forged FBI letter to recruit other women into accusing his client of abuse. "We have evidence that Miss Wood and Miss Gore collaborated in this letter," he told the court.

Evan denied the accusation, saying in a written declaration that she "did not circulate the false FBI letter."

But Trugman disputed her denial, telling LA Superior Court Judge Teresa Beaudet, "It would be improper to conclude just from Miss Wood's declaration that she did not circulate this letter."

Judge Beaudet continued the hearing to December 1 and ordered Gore to submit to questioning from Manson's attorneys in a deposition to be held by October 27. The questioning of Ilma Gore is in regards to the accusation by Manson that she defamed him by maliciously circulating false information about his film Groupie.
 
 

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