Marilyn Manson, born Brian Warner, is facing a new lawsuit that accuses him of grooming and sexually assaulting an underage girl multiple times in the 1990s. This is the first suit to focus on sex crimes that allegedly took place in the beginning of Manson’s career. The plaintiff, now an adult, has submitted the suit anonymously as “Jane Doe.” The suit also lists Manson’s former labels Interscope and Nothing Records as defendants and includes counts of sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress against Manson, and negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress among other charges against the labels. The case was filed in Nassau County Supreme Court in Long Island, New York.
According to the lawsuit obtained by The Rolling Stone, Doe first encountered Manson in 1995 after a Dallas concert when she was 16 years old. She was waiting outside his tour bus with a group of people to meet him and he allegedly invited her “and one of the other younger girls” onto his bus, where he took down their home addresses and phone numbers. The lawsuit claims that Manson performed various acts of sexual assault on Doe, including forced copulation and vaginal penetration, while one of the band members watched. After the alleged assault, Manson laughed at Doe and demanded she leave the bus, threatening to kill her and her family if she told anyone.
The lawsuit alleges that a crew member gave Doe a 1-800 number for the band and a password so she and Manson could meet again. Doe began using drugs and alcohol shortly after the alleged sexual assault and claims in the suit that Manson would call her and ask for explicit photos of her and her friends. The suit also claims that Manson convinced Doe to travel to a New Orleans concert where he sexually assaulted her again.
Throughout the time they spent together, the suit claims that Manson continued to groom, manipulate, exploit, and sexually abuse Doe. The lawsuit also alleges that Manson coerced Doe to have sex with him and other band members or his assistant at the same time and controlled her actions. The suit claims that Manson had laid the groundwork necessary to intimidate and control Doe and exploited her vulnerabilities to keep her under his control.
The allegations against Manson come amid a larger cultural shift in the entertainment industry, with survivors of sexual abuse and assault speaking out and holding perpetrators accountable. This lawsuit serves as a reminder that the entertainment industry is not immune to these issues and that it is important for survivors to have a platform to share their stories and seek justice.
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