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Marilyn Manson accuser Ashley Morgan Smithline files lawsuit alleging sexual assault

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Ashley Morgan Smithline, one of several women who’ve publicly accused Marilyn Manson of sexual abuse, is now suing the musician.

In the lawsuit, obtained by Rolling Stone, Smithline alleges that Manson, born Brian Warner, sexually assaulted her throughout their relationship, which began in 2010 when she was modeling in Thailand.

The suit also accuses Warner of violating human trafficking laws, claiming that the relationship began under the pretense of him casting Smithline in a film, only to move her into his Los Angeles apartment and force her into unpaid labor.

Smithline previously spoke about her experience with Warner in an interview with People published in May. In the interview, Smithline said that she “survived a monster,” and described a scenario in which Warner would lock her in a soundproof glass room referred to as the “bad girls’ room” whenever he was angry with her.

This allegation also appears in the lawsuit in accusing Warner of unlawful imprisonment.

Additionally, Smithline, who is Jewish, alleges Warner forced her to purchase and bring him Nazi memorabilia, and called her anti-Semitic slurs.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Warner’s rep largely repeats the same statement they gave to People when Smithline first made her allegations, reiterating that they “strongly deny” her claims.

“There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them,” the statement reads. “This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, lasted less than a week in 2010. Manson hasn’t seen Ms. Smithline since then.”

Smithline’s legal action follows previous lawsuits filed by Warner’s ex Esmé Bianco and former assistant Ashley Walters. Their suits came after Warner’s ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood claimed in February that he had “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Warner denied those claims, calling them “horrible distortions of reality.”

Meanwhile, Warner recently agreed to turn himself in over a New Hampshire arrest warrant for misdemeanor assault, which alleges that he spit on a videographer during a 2019 concert.

For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.

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