Marilyn Manson Sexual Abuse Investigation Handed Over to Los Angeles County DA

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A 19-month investigation into sexual abuse of Marilyn Manson by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been sent to Dist. atty. George Gascón for a decision on whether or not to criminally prosecute the singer.

The Special Victims Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department, which investigates sexual and physical abuse, filed an extensive investigation Monday into the artist, whose real name is Brian Warner, for consideration. A search warrant was issued at his home in November.

“The incidents took place between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the town of West Hollywood,” sheriff’s investigators initially revealed last year. Several women have accused Manson of sexual and physical abuse. He has repeatedly denied the allegations. The statute of limitations for rape in California is 10 years, so charges may depend on the type of crime and how long ago it happened.

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“Once we receive the case, it will be carefully evaluated by experienced prosecutors to determine whether it is appropriate to press charges at this time,” Gascón said last week. “The Public Prosecutor is committed to investing in trauma-informed care for all victims of sexual violence, abuse and intimate partner violence. We understand how difficult it can be to come forward as a victim, especially when the case carries this level of awareness, and we are committed to treating all victims with the highest degree of care and respect.”

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Evan Rachel Wood, star of HBO’s ‘Westworld’, was in a relationship with Manson at the time of the allegations. She got engaged to the singer in 2010 before their split. Last year, Wood and several other women publicly accused Manson of abuse.

“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and brutally abused me for years,” Wood wrote in posts on Instagram. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail.”

In 2018, as the #MeToo movement was on the rise, Wood testified before a congressional committee about the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of an unnamed former partner.

Manson has denied the allegations, but was dropped by his record label as the number of allegations grew. In March, he sued Wood and artist Illma Gore in LA County Superior Court, accusing them of defamation, fraud and conspiracy.

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Manson is also facing a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles for alleged sexual assault and assault and human trafficking. The charge was filed last year by actor Esmé Bianco.

Bianco claims she was raped and subjected to sleep deprivation and hard labor after Manson offered to help her get a work visa.

Manson’s rise to fame took place in the mid-1990s, built in part on an extreme stage persona that caused controversy and spawned albums such as “Antichrist Superstar” in 1996.

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