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Ashley Morgan Smithline Describes Physical, Sexual Abuse by ‘Monster’ Marilyn Manson

Vulture
 2021-05-05

Cover picture for the articleAnother woman is opening up about her alleged abuse at the hands of Marilyn Manson. Ashley Morgan Smithline first accused Manson of “abuse, sexual violence, physical violence, and coercion” in early February, alongside other women including actor Evan Rachel Wood. Smithline, a model, has since given her first interview on Manson for People’s latest cover story, calling him the “most terrifying monster in the world.” “I want people to know who he is, and it’s worth it if not one more woman gets hurt again,” she said. Smithline alleged that Manson got close to her in 2010 under the guise of making a film — a striking similarity to claims made by actor Esmé Bianco, who is now suing Manson for sexual assault. Filming at Manson’s West Hollywood apartment, Smithline claimed, led to her being raped, whipped, and cut by Manson. In a statement to People, Manson, born Brian Warner, denied the allegations. A spokesperson said, “There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them.” The spokesperson claimed Smithline’s relationship with Manson “didn’t last one week,” but People reported that Smithline provided messages between her and Manson from over the course of more than two years.

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