A fourth woman has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson, claiming sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, human trafficking, and unlawful imprisonment.
Model Ashley Smithline, 36, submitted her complaint Tuesday in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, outlining allegations that the rocker raped, whipped, burned and cut her.
The model also claims Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, ‘branded’ her by carving his initials into her thigh with a ‘knife emblazoned with a swastika.’
Model Ashley Smithline, 36, submitted her complaint Tuesday in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California regarding Marilyn Manson
The model also claims Manson, (pictured) whose real name is Brian Warner, ‘branded’ her by carving his initials into her thigh with a ‘knife emblazoned with a swastika’
She is one of 15 women, according to People, to accuse Manson of sexual, psychological and physical abuse, in addition to actress Evan Rachel Wood, Esmé Bianco and Manson’s former assistant Ashley Walters.
‘I survived a monster,’ Smithline told People in May. She first disclosed the alleged abuse in an Instagram post in February, according to the Cut.
Manson has since denied all claims, referring to them as ‘horrible distortions of reality’ that misrepresent consensual relationships with ‘like-minded partners.’
As of February, Manson was under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for alleged abuse, the department told DailyMail.com at the time. It’s unclear if he’s still under investigation.
In May, Walters sued her former boss for sexual assault, battery and harassment, claiming that Mason made her work 48-hours straight and occasionally groped and kissed her.
According to the suit (pictured), the relationship quickly took a turn for the worse, as Warner would berate Smithline in front of his band members, insisting she wear black lingerie and makeup while at the film studio, which doubled as his apartment
‘I survived a monster,’ Smithline told People (pictured) in May
Smithline said Mason first contacted her around the summer of 2010, allegedly telling her that he wanted to cast her in a remake of True Romance, according to the suit.
The suit claims the musician became infatuated with Smithline, telling her she ‘was the perfect girl for him’ and asking her to send photos of herself.
In November of that year, Manson flew Smithline to Los Angeles from Bangkok, where she was modeling at the time, asking her to move in with him soon after she arrived, the suit says.
Evan Rachel Wood also has alleged Manson was abusive toward her
Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco (right) filed a lawsuit in federal court, accusing Marilyn Manson, 52 (left), of sexual assault and battery, and violation of human a trafficking law
In 2019, Bianco posted this photo of her back covered in welts from a beating that was allegedly carried out by Manson, although she did not name him at the time
According to the suit, the relationship quickly took a turn for the worse, as Manson would berate Smithline in front of his band members, insisting she wear black lingerie and makeup while at the film studio, which doubled as his apartment.
Both entered into a consensual sexual relationship, but according to the lawsuit ‘it quickly became apparent that consensual sex was not enough’ for him.
Three other women are suing Manson for alleged abuse
There are three other women aside from Ashley Smithline who have sued Marilyn Manson for claims of abuse:
In April, Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco was the first woman to file a lawsuit against Manson, alleging that the singer raped and sexually battered her
The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, claims that Manson violated human-trafficking laws by bringing Bianco from London to Los Angeles under the pretense that she would be acting in a music video
In May, Ashley Walters, 37, a former assistant to Manson, was the second woman to file a lawsuit against her boss for sexual assault, battery and harassment in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Walters said Manson’s campaign of abuse began soon after they first met in 2010, when the shock rocker claimed her photography had caught his eye.
He tried to sexually assault her the first time they met up for a photo shoot at his West Hollywood home, according to the suit.
The third is a woman who has chosen to remain anonymous.
She is also among more than a dozen women to allege sexual impropriety against Warner.
One day in mid-November, Smithline said she awoke to find her wrists and ankles bound as Manson sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint.
When she told him to stop, Smithline said Manson told her to ‘shut the f**k up’ and ‘be quiet,’ the suit says.
In addition, Smithline said Manson bruised her ribs in the incident and caused injury to her vagina, the suit says.
‘He kept telling me, ‘You can’t rape someone that you’re in love with,’ Smithline said of the assault in the People interview.
She also claims the singer repeatedly locked her in a small, soundproof glass enclosure he referred to as ‘the bad girls’ room.’
Under a separate ‘unlawful imprisonment’ claim within the lawsuit, Smithline states that Manson would confiscate her phone, bind her with rope, and lock her up.
‘All of this served to manipulate and further control her,’ the complaint reads.
He wanted to ‘weaken her physically and mentally and decrease her ability to refuse him.’
Shortly after she moved in, Mnason isolated Smithline from friends and family, according to the lawsuit.
Smithline says she was constantly terrified because Manson would often threaten to kill her if she tried to leave.
In January 2013, Smithline finally left the relationship for good.
She recalls not realizing the full extent of the psychological and emotional trauma until last fall, when she spoke with women who shared their own ’emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse’ by the singer, the complaint states.
Although Smithline still deals with mental-health issues like PTSD and panic attacks, she hopes that the lawsuit will hold Warner accountable and prevent him from harming anyone else.
‘I don’t think I’ll ever feel completely safe,’ Smithline said in a statement, according to the Cut, ‘and I certainly will not feel whole until I know he’s been held to answer for what he has done.’