Marilyn Manson’s Assault Case Resumes After Ex-Assistant’s Memory Suppression Claim

On Wednesday, December 13, a court in California said that Marilyn Manson’s ex-assistant, Ashley Walters, could go ahead with her lawsuit against the singer. This ruling reversed an earlier decision that had dismissed her claims for being filed too late.

The 24-page opinion from California’s Second Appellate District revived Walters’ lawsuit, which accused Manson of sexual harassment and discrimination during her employment from 2010 to 2011.

The Details Of The Ruling

The case’s central issue was the timing of the lawsuit’s filing. Previously, a lower court had ruled that Walters’ 2021 lawsuit was filed outside the allowable time frame.

But the appeals court found the former assistant’s claims credible under the delayed discovery rule, as she alleged that the trauma from the incidents led her to suppress the memories until 2020. The court wrote:

“Until she received diagnosis and treatment, Walters [says she] was unable to remember the repressed events, and once she did recall them, she was unable to immediately identify these events as abuse. These allegations of suppressed memories and psychological blocking are sufficient to withstand [dismissal].”

After the ruling, neither Manson’s representative nor Walters’ attorney broke their silence.

Walters’ Accusations Against Manson

In her lawsuit, Walters described a series of disturbing experiences with Manson, claiming he subjected her to ‘sexual exploitation, manipulation, and psychological abuse.’ She alleged that the singer physically assaulted her, forced her to take drugs, and offered her to others sexually.

After the case was dismissed for being past the statute of limitations, Walters had argued that she didn’t remember Manson’s alleged abuse until others began sharing similar experiences. The judge at that time didn’t find enough evidence to apply the delayed-discovery rule.

The Legal Battle Still Goes On

The recent ruling does not confirm the truth of Walters’ accusations against Manson. It simply means that the court decided that various claims suggested the singer’s ex-assistant may not have fully realized the alleged abuse until 2020.

Detailing the decision, the court stated:

“The complaint described the support group Walters joined in October 2020 and recounted the stories shared by the other abused women that ‘began to unlock new memories [Walters] repressed long ago as a result of her psychological trauma by being manipulated and threatened by Warner during and after her employment.'”

It continued:

“The complaint also described how Walters began therapy in November 2020 and was diagnosed the following month with complex posttraumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.”

Other Cases Against Manson

Walters was among several women who accused Manson of sexual abuse in 2021. His former fiancé Evan Rachel Wood and others like Esmé Bianco and Ashley Morgan Smithine also filed lawsuits against him.

Manson has denied all the allegations, while several of these cases have been dismissed or settled. He also sued Wood for defamation, claiming she pressured other women to make false allegations.