Marilyn Manson in the News (February 25 - March 2) - The Ashley Walters Case Against Marilyn Manson May Soon Be Dismissed and Marilyn Manson Sues Evan Rachel Wood and Illma Gore for Fraud, Conspiracy and Defamation


- The Ashley Walters Case Against Marilyn Manson May Soon Be Dismissed

According to court documents released on February 25th, Ashley Walters, a former assistant of Manson who sued Manson for sexual assault, battery and harassment in May of 2021, has some serious explaining to do if she is to move forward with her case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern has now said that Walters must explain why she waited so long to file a case against Manson.

Stern wrote: "Reading the first amended complaint as a whole, (Walters) pleads that (she) was aware of the actions against her by the time she left her employment. Thus, nine to 10 years passed until the filing of the action, far beyond the two-year limitations periods of her claims."

According to the judge, Walters' "sexual assault cause of action as pleaded is not subject to the most recent amendment providing for a ten-year limitations' period as this revision is not retroactive."

He ordered Walters to file an amended complaint by March 11. However, the amended complaint cannot contain any new information to what she has already given. If she is not able to bring an amended complaint that falls within most recent amendment providing for a ten-year limitations' period, then her case will be dismissed.


- Evan Rachel Wood Begins Filming for a New Role as Madonna

Filming on the Roku biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story starring Daniel Radcliffe is underway, and will include some surprise castings, including Evan Rachel Wood in the role of Madonna.

Yankovic notably parodied Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” in 1985, crafting “Like a Surgeon” with Madonna’s blessing; she allegedly also came up with the spoof’s title. (The following year, he created a faux interview with the Material Girl, using footage from a preexisting Madonna interview paired with his outlandish questions.)

It's an interesting role for Evan Rachel Wood, who has been making a big deal of the use of Nazi imagery by Marilyn Manson to show he is a racist anti-Semite, yet it was just ten years ago when Madonna was using even more explicit Nazi imagery than Manson in her concerts and defended the use of them.


- Marilyn Manson Sues Evan Rachel Wood and Illma Gore for Fraud, Conspiracy and Defamation

After thirteen months of having his name defamed by Evan Rachel Wood, Marilyn Manson has decided to file a lawsuit against Evan Rachel Wood and fight back with shocking claims.

Marilyn Manson has filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday 2 March 2022, against Evan Rachel Wood and her co-conspirator and friend Illma Gore, for Fraud, Conspiracy and Defamation, in a calculated plot to take him down and ruin his career.

Manson’s lawsuit against Evan comes on the heels of her documentary Phoenix Rising, which premiered at Sundance and debuts on HBO on March 15. Phoenix Rising further details Evan’s allegations against Manson and dives into the passage of her Phoenix Act, legislation that extends the statute of limitations for domestic violence cases in California.

I have not obtained the documents of the court complaint yet, so I can only rely on what the media says about the case for now, especially TMZ, Variety and Deadline who have read the documents.


According to TMZ:

"According to the docs, filed by attorney Howard King and obtained by TMZ, Manson's legal team lays out a series of alleged events between 2019 and 2021 that suggest Wood and Gore planned an elaborate ruse to smear him and profit from it -- even conceding, by and large, they succeeded in the court of public opinion ... despite the fact he says it's all lies.

Manson claims Gore teamed up with Wood to create a nonprofit called the Phoenix Act that purported to help abused women, but in reality ... was allegedly just a cover for a money-making ploy they were about to embark on against him.

To that end, he claims Gore sent out a bulk email to a number of Manson's former romantic partners, asking them to share experiences they might've had in common with Wood ... obviously in reference to Manson.

Once they got some people in their orbit, Manson claims Wood and Gore then started to persuade these women that they had, in fact, been abused by Manson during their time with him ... by insisting their trauma was buried under repressed memories.

Manson then claims Wood and Gore started systematically coordinating the women's allegations ... with checklists and even scripts Manson alleges were being produced, distributed and hammered home by Wood and Gore, all in an effort to make the allegations more believable.

Perhaps the most shocking part ... Manson alleges Wood and Gore literally concocted a fake letter from the FBI in which they posed as a real agent, and alluded to a criminal investigation of Manson, while also making it seem Wood and/or any of his alleged victims and their families might be in danger.

Manson says Wood and Gore forged this agent's signature -- whom Manson says later confirmed she never wrote it -- and then distributed it among alleged victims, as well as media members ... again, all to make this story about Manson seem credible and serious.

Of course, Manson has since fallen in the crosshairs of the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. -- which carried out a very real raid of his home last year -- but as far as any FBI probe ... Manson and co. say that's total BS, and that Wood/Gore were trying to drum up hysteria.

There's more ... Manson claims that Gore actually created fake email accounts to pose as him, and then fabricated correspondence full of compromising content -- including pornographic material, threats, admissions, etc. -- that Manson says were explicitly being exchanged (as if it was him) to further make it seem like he was a monster ... and to plant 'evidence' that he'd left a damning paper trail. Manson says none of that stuff is real.

Other crimes Manson claims Gore committed ... alleged hacking of personal computer files and social media accounts he runs, as well as the unauthorized use of his SSN.

On top of that ... Manson also claims Gore swatted him last February, calling in an 'emergency' while posing as a concerned friend of his. Not just that, but he says the fact that paparazzi captured all this fuss -- in the midst of Wood going public with her accusations against him -- is no coincidence ... and was also likely coordinated by Wood/Gore.

Finally, Manson alleges that Gore -- working in unison with Wood -- slandered him by making up a story that he'd featured a minor in a short film from the '90s, and that the flick included child pornography. He flatly denies the claim, insisting the woman was 22 at the time -- a fact he says Gore was well aware of when pushing the tale about alleged child abuse.

Manson wants damages and a court order preventing Wood and Gore from continuing on with their conduct."



According to Variety:

"In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday and obtained by Variety, Manson — whose legal name is Brian Warner — alleges that Wood and 'her on-again, off-again romantic partner' Ashley Gore have 'publicly cast' him as a “rapist and abuser — a malicious falsehood that has derailed Warner’s successful music, TV and film career.”

The filing goes on to claim that Wood and Gore impersonated a FBI agent 'by forging and distributing a fictitious letter from the agent, to create the false appearance that Warner’s alleged "victims" and their families were in danger, and that there was a federal criminal investigation of Warner ongoing.' It also alleges that Wood and Gore 'provided checklists and scripts' to accusers and 'made knowingly false statements,' including that Manson 'filmed the sexual assault of a minor.' Manson has requested a jury trial and is also alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the Comprehensive Computer Data and Access Fraud Act and impersonation over the internet."



According to Deadline:

“This action arises from the wrongful and illegal acts done in furtherance of a conspiracy by Defendant Evan Rachel Wood and her on-again, off-again romantic partner, Defendant Ashley Gore, a/k/a Illma Gore, to publicly cast Plaintiff Brian Warner, p/k/a Marilyn Manson, as a rapist and abuser—a malicious falsehood that has derailed Warner’s successful music, TV, and film career,” proclaims the jury trial seeking complaint just filed this morning in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The legal salvo goes on to make some very hard and very specific accusations against Wood and Gore. It alleges that the duo hacked into the singer’s computers and social media, as well as “created a fictitious email account to manufacture purported evidence that Warner was emailing illicit pornography.” The vivid complaint also drops even bigger bombshells of jurisdictional and ethical significance:

"They impersonated an actual agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by forging and distributing a fictitious letter from the agent, to create the false appearance that Warner’s alleged “victims” and their families were in danger, and that there was a federal criminal investigation of Warner ongoing (Attachment A);

They provided checklists and scripts to prospective accusers, listing the specific alleged acts of abuse that they should claim against Warner (Attachments B and C); and

They made knowingly false statements to prospective accusers (which have since been repeated by those accusers in court filings), including the defamatory claim that Warner filmed the sexual assault of a minor."

“We’re filing this now because we have been able to gather an overwhelming trove of evidence – including both documents and witness statements – which proves that the stories that Evan Rachel Wood and her co-conspirator Illma Gore have been falsifying and spreading are both vindictive and demonstrably untrue,” Manson’s main attorney Howard King told Deadline today. “It’s incredibly important to differentiate between the character of ‘Marilyn Manson’ and the man Brian Warner,” the King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano partner added. “Wood’s claims may resonate because of the intentionally ‘shocking’ character of ‘Marilyn Manson’ but they simply do not reflect the truth. The manufactured facts these conspirators scripted a decade after the event never happened."


When I obtain the documents and examine them, I will delve into these things further. From what I've heard, there are other things in the lawsuit that have not been reported, so I want to know the full details before commenting. Nonetheless, a new day has dawned and Manson and his team have done something that the accusers have yet to do - provide evidence. This is great news!
 
Update:
 

 

 Statement of Marilyn Manson’s Attorney Howard King 

 
 
 
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