February 3, 2023

A California district choose has dismissed a lawsuit filed by mannequin Ashley Morgan Smithline towards Marilyn Manson, which accused the musician born Brian Warner of sexual assault, human trafficking, and illegal imprisonment.

After Smithline’s lawyer Jay Ellwanger withdrew his illustration in October, Decide Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha gave Smithline a 90-day window to both rent a brand new lawyer or resolve to characterize herself. She did neither by the December fifth deadline, prompting Aenlle-Rocha to dismiss the case with out prejudice late Tuesday.

“We thank and commend Ashley Smithline for dismissing her claims towards Brian Warner with out looking for or receiving something in return,” Manson’s lawyer Howard King wrote in a press release. “Ms. Smithline has refused to be manipulated by others who’re attempting to pursue their very own agendas towards Mr. Warner. We want her nicely and can proceed to work to guarantee {that a} vital value will probably be paid by those that have tried to abuse our authorized system.”

A consultant for Manson wrote in a press release to Consequence that weird Instagram messages between Smithline and Ellwanger led Manson’s counsel to imagine that Smithline “was manipulated into fabricating lies” in regards to the shock rocker. In response to courtroom paperwork, these messages implied that Ellwanger had, unbeknownst to Smithline, lied about her whereabouts so as to postpone their deposition. The messages additionally indicated that Smithline fired Ellwanger in April 2022, regardless of his continued communication with Manson’s counsel afterwards.

Smithline first publicly accused Manson of abuse in an in depth cowl story with Individuals journal in Could 2021, following accusations by Manson’s ex-partner Evan Rachel Wooden. Ellwanger continues to be representing Esmé Bianco, the Recreation of Thrones actress who filed an analogous lawsuit towards Manson the month prior. Manson has denied all allegations and sued Wooden for defamation.

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Editor’s Observe: The article has been up to date to make clear the timeline. Ellwanger withdrew his counsel in October and Smithline was given till December to reply.

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