More evidence against Marilyn Manson is needed to pursue sexual assault charges, prosecutors say

Detectives have handed over the results of their 19-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Marilyn Manson to prosecutors, who said Tuesday (Sept. 20) they need more evidence gathered before they can consider criminal charges.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that its investigators on Monday turned over the case, which involves sexual assault and domestic violence from 2009 to 2011 against the 53-year-old rocker, to the District Attorney’s Office.

The office called the case it received “partial.”

“Once we receive everything, experienced prosecutors will carefully and deliberately review everything that has been submitted before making a filing decision,” the office said in a statement. “This review will take some time, but please be assured that our office takes these allegations very seriously.”

Representatives of Manson, if valid name is Brian Hugh Warner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his lawyer has called the claims “provably false.”

The investigation included a search of Manson’s West Hollywood home in November, where media devices and other items were seized.

Authorities have not identified the women involved, but several have publicly alleged that they were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by Manson around the time of the investigated incidents, and some have filed civil lawsuits.

They include Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco, whose lawyer said she also gave interviews to law enforcement.

Manson himself is suing his ex-fiancée, Westworld Actor Evan Rachel Wood, whose February 2021 Instagram post claiming he had “abused me horribly for years” set off the wave of public accusations against him.

The suit calls her assault charges fabricated and said she and another woman used false pretenses, including a fake letter from the FBI, to convince other women to come forward.

Wood’s lawyers said in court documents that the case is without merit and an example of the retaliation Manson has long threatened Wood with if she spoke out about his abuse.

Manson emerged as a musical star in the mid-1990s, known as much for courting public controversy as for hit songs like “The Beautiful People” and hit albums like 1996’s Antichrist Superstar and the 1998s Mechanical animals.

Associated Press typically do not name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they have come forward publicly, as Bianco and Wood have.


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