A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Marilyn Manson’s former assistant because of the statute of limitations, which expired two years after the alleged crimes.
Ashley Walter’s first lawsuit against the singer, whose real name is Brian Warner, alleges sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intentionally inflicting emotional distress, among other allegations. She initially named Warner’s label Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. as a co-defendant. Warner has denied all allegations of sexual abuse.
“Plaintiff presented too few facts and too late to keep this case in court,” Judge Michael Stern said, according to CBS News. Regarding the statute of limitations, he wrote: “Reading the First Amended Complaint in its entirety, [Walters] advocates for it [she] was aware of the measures taken against her when she left her job. It took nine to ten years before the lawsuit was filed, well beyond the two-year limitation period for their claims.”
In her first lawsuit, Walters alleged that Warner approached her in March 2010 to compliment her photography. They later met when Warner allegedly asked her to strip for photos, eventually forcing her hand into his underwear, according to the suit. She claimed Warner once loved it when girls looked like they’d just been raped.
She officially agreed to work as Warner’s personal assistant in August 2010. She claimed he had an explosive temper and would break furniture and verbally abuse her. The next month, she claimed Warner shoved her into an actor’s lap at the Spike TV Scream Awards, saying the actor “could have her.”
She claimed he encouraged an environment of violence, once breaking down the door to a closet where she was hiding from him and abusing his girlfriends. She claimed she saw him throw a prop skull at actress Evan Rachel Wood so forcefully it left a stitch on her stomach. She also claimed he stashes drugs in her luggage at airports and allegedly harassed her with cocaine to make her work up to 48 hours straight. He fired her in October 2011.
In March, Walters filed an amended lawsuit, stating that she felt she had suppressed memories of Warner’s alleged abuse and battery until recently. She added that she felt threatened by Warner’s attorneys with “retaliation” for appearing in Wood’s recent film Rising of the Phoenix Documentary. A month later, in response to an objection raised by Warner’s attorney, Walter’s attorney James Vagnini said Rolling Stone he felt the amended filing “addresses the court’s concerns [regarding statutes of limitations] and notes that Ms. Walters was harmed so severely while working for Mr. Warner that she suppressed the vast majority of the abuse she was subjected to and that the nature of the abuse should be removed [Warner] any defense of the statute of limitations.”
“We are deeply disappointed by the court’s decision today,” said Walters’ attorneys. “If this decision were to stand, this decision would drastically limit abuse victims’ ability to seek justice through the legal system… While the court based its decision on the timeliness of Ashley’s claims rather than merit, we concur with the court’s interpretation not rightly so… We remain confident that a full review of the facts in this case will result in a successful appeal, which we intend to file.”
“No one can choose exactly how to deal with abuse or threats,” Walters said in a statement. “I am disheartened by the court’s decision today, not only because of my case, but also because of the message it sends to other survivors out there who are trying to reconcile the way they deal with abuse with arbitrary court time limits bring to. We will not let that hurdle stop us from shining a light on what happened to me and others.”
A Warner representative declined to comment.
Warner is still facing lawsuits from three women, including game of Thrones Actress Esmé Bianco, model Ashley Morgan Smithine and Jane Doe. Bianco alleged in her lawsuit that Warner raped her, held her captive, and beat her with a whip, among other things. Smithline’s filing allegations included sexual assault, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Corresponding personsIn her lawsuit, Doe also alleged that Warner raped and sexually abused her. The other three lawsuits are pending.
Wood accused Warner of grooming and sexual abuse on Twitter in February 2021. That same month, the LA County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation into Warner, looking into incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2011. The department has not released updates of its investigation. Since Wood came forward, more than a dozen women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against Warner.
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