- Marilyn Manson’s lawyers have asked a Los Angeles judge to dismiss his former assistant’s new lawsuit.
- Former assistant Ashley Walters filed an amended sexual abuse and wrongful dismissal complaint in March.
- Manson’s attorneys and a Los Angeles judge have previously questioned the timeline of Walters’ allegations.
Lawyers representing shock rocker Marilyn Manson have asked a Los Angeles judge to dismiss former assistant Ashley Walters’ amended abuse and wrongful termination lawsuit, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
In the filing, attorneys for Manson argued that Walters’ claims exceeded California’s statute of limitations. Her lawyers added that Walters’ assertion that she only understood the legal weight of the allegations after speaking to other accusers in 2020 also did not apply, nor did the use of a “delayed discovery” argument.
“Plaintiff’s SAC (Second Amended Complaint) fails because each of her causes of action is outside the applicable statute of limitations by nearly a decade,” Manson’s attorneys wrote. “The plaintiff had three opportunities to plead her case, but it is obvious that neither the rule of deferred discovery, nor equitable estoppel, nor her talents as a writer can revive her expired claims.”
Walters filed a new lawsuit following a request by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern that his team file an amended lawsuit by March 11 after questioning the timing of his allegations. regarding the two-year limitation period.
“However, Plaintiff’s reliance on the deferred discovery rule, which was created to protect young children who were too young and naïve to understand the nature of the abuse they had suffered, is borderline offensive, as well as misplaced and insufficient in light of the facts alleged by Plaintiff in her various complaints,” Manson’s attorneys wrote.
In her amended lawsuit, Walters claimed she was threatened with legal action if she were to participate in interviews surrounding her allegations, including in actress Evan Rachel Wood’s documentary “Phoenix Rising,” which centered on the allegations of Wood’s sexual assault on Manson.
“On January 7, 2022, Defendants emailed Plaintiff through her attorney, threatening to retaliate against her if she ‘participated’.[ed] in all the interviews on Mr. Warner or reveal[ed] any confidential information about him,” Walters’ attorneys wrote in the amended March complaint, referring to Manson by his birth name Brian Warner, noting that Wood was sued for sharing his allegations in his documentary.
On March 2, before the release of Wood’s documentary, Manson sued Wood for defamation, calling his allegations a “malicious lie that derailed Warner’s successful career in music, television and film.”
Walters, who was Manson’s assistant between 2010 and 2011, first sued the entertainer for alleged sexual harassment, abuse, sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful termination in May 2021, according to court documents.
In her lawsuit, Walters accused Manson of forcing her to work for two days straight, during which she says she feared Manson’s frequent outbursts of violence and anger.
Walters accused Manson of pushing her towards her “influential industry friends and associates”, including an actor who forcefully kissed her in September 2010. She also claimed that Manson stalked her in the embracing with force.
Manson’s team denied all allegations in Walters’ two lawsuits and asked a judge to dismiss their claims without an opportunity to file another amended complaint.
Attorneys representing Walters and Manson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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