A 19-month investigation into the sexual abuse of Marilyn Manson by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was referred to Dist. atty George Gascón for a decision on whether to file criminal charges against the singer.
The Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau, which investigates sexual and physical abuse, submitted its full investigation into the actor, whose real name is Brian Warner, for review Monday. A search warrant was served on his home in November.
“The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood,” sheriff’s investigators first revealed last year. Several women have accused Manson of sexual and physical abuse. He has repeatedly denied the allegations. The statute of limitations for rape in California is 10 years, so charges may vary depending on the type of crime and how long ago it occurred.
“Once we receive the case, it will be carefully reviewed by experienced prosecutors to determine whether it is appropriate to press charges at this time,” Gascón said last week. “The District Attorney is committed to investing in trauma-informed care for all victims of sexual assault, abuse and intimate partner violence. We understand how difficult it can be to come forward as a victim, particularly when the case involves such high profile, and we aim to treat all victims with the utmost care and respect.”
Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood was in a relationship with Manson at the time of the allegations. She got engaged to the singer in 2010 before breaking up. Last year, Wood and several other women publicly accused Manson of molestation.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and abused me terribly for years,” Wood wrote in messages posted to Instagram. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am fed up with living in fear of retribution, slander or blackmail.”
In 2018, as the #MeToo movement emerged, Wood testified before a congressional committee about the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of an unnamed former partner.
Manson has denied the allegations but was dropped by his record label as the allegations mounted. In March, he sued Wood and artist Illma Gore in LA County Superior Court, charging them with defamation, fraud and conspiracy.
Manson also faces a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging sexual assault, assault and human trafficking. The lawsuit was filed by actress Esmé Bianco last year.
Bianco claims she was raped and subjected to sleep deprivation and forced labor after Manson offered to help her obtain a work visa.
Manson’s rise to fame came in the mid-1990s, built in part on an extreme stage persona that sparked controversy and spawned albums like 1996’s Antichrist Superstar.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-20/marilyn-manson-sexual-abuse-investigation-george-gascon Marilyn Manson sexual abuse investigation turned over to L.A. County D.A.