Marilyn Manson’s former assistant is gearing up for court after claiming she suffered ‘horrific’ abuse at his hands, as the singer is attempting a third bid to throw out the case, claiming she has passed the statute of limitations because she ‘understood’ his behavior as wrong when he did it.
Ashley Walters, 37, is preparing for a court hearing scheduled for May after her alleged perpetrator launches a third attack on the case, attempting to have it thrown out.
Walters claimed Manson, 53, sexually, physically and psychologically abused her during her employment, but the singer is claiming the only thing that will save her is her ‘creative writing skills.’
The singer – born Brian Warner – also claimed her case is in violation of the two-year statute of limitations, as the alleged abuse occurred between 2010 and 2011.
However, Walters claimed her case is within its timeframe as it falls within the delayed discovery rule that allows plaintiffs, in some cases, to start their time limit after comprehending their loss and injury.
Among other allegations, Walters claimed Manson forced her to stand for 12 hours and take pictures of him and made her take cocaine to stay awake; whipped her and others, telling them they could ‘take it;’ and threw hatchets when he was angry. She also said she watched him throw a prop skull at Woods so hard it left a welt, Rolling Stone reported.
Ashley Walters, 37, (pictured) is preparing to go to court with former employer and alleged perpetrator Marilyn Manson, 53, after he attempted to get her case thrown out for a third time, claiming she is passed her statute of limitations. She, however, claimed she is eligible for delayed response, as she didn’t ‘discover’ her abuse until meeting with other victims in October 2020
The singer has denied abusing her and she ‘understood’ the abuse when it was happening
‘believe our amended complaint specifically addresses the court’s concerns and establishes that Ms. Walters suffered such severe harm while working for Mr. Warner that she repressed the vast majority of abuse she was subjected to, and that the nature of the abuse should strip [Warner] of any statute of limitations defense.
‘Regardless of the outcome, we will continue to work to expose Mr. Warner for exactly who he is, a narcissistic predator and pathological violator,’ her lawyer James Vagnini said.
The singer is claiming the case does not fall within this special category because she ‘understood’ the abuse when it happened, citing that she had to hide from him during her employment.
‘Plaintiff contradictorily claims that throughout her employment she was cognizant of a need to hide from her employer, while simultaneously arguing that she did not know that her employer was committing arguably actionable acts towards her,’ Manson claimed in new court documents, viewed by Rolling Stone.
She said she ‘discovered’ her abuse until she met with Manson’s former girlfriends in October 2020, which include Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood and Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco. The latter is also suing Manson. He sued Wood recently for defamation.
Walters said she ‘fully understood’ her abuse after entering therapy following the meeting, learning that Manson’s alleged behavior caused her to ‘near-immediately repress’ the memories.
She originally claimed the abuse started in 2010 at a photo shoot after he contacted her over MySpace and said he liked her photography.
The singer allegedly pinned her to a bed, bit her ear, and forced her hand down his underwear. She said she moved away from him and left the shoot feeling ‘confused and fear[ful].’
Afterward, she claimed the singer bombarded her with messages and offered her extra pay to stay. Throughout the next year, he allegedly threw dishes at her, threatened suicide and pushed her into a wall during drunken rages, Rolling Stone reported.
Manson was recently see attending Kayne West’s Sunday Service, a first since the women accused him of abuse
He also allegedly sent her a photo of Bianco’s back showing whipping wounds with the subject line: ‘See what happens?’
The former bestselling artist also reportedly took Walters to an awards show in 2010, where he allegedly pushed her onto the lap of an actor and said he could ‘have her,’ according to the lawsuit.
‘The actor proceeded to kiss Walters and keep her on his lap,’ the lawsuit said.
Manson also introduced Walters to a film director who sexually assaulted her.
‘It just made me feel like a piece of meat,’ Walters told The Cut.
Manson has denied assault. He is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for domestic violence.