In an order of dismissal obtained by USA TODAY, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern on Wednesday dismissed Ashley Walter’s “entire action” against the musician, which alleged Manson (whose real name is Brian Warner) used “his position of power, celebrity and connections to exploit and victimize (her) during her employment” from August 2010 to October 2011.
In the dismissal, Stern dismissed the case “with prejudice,” which means that Walters will not be able to file the same claims in Los Angeles Superior Court again. Stern said Walters had “too few facts to keep this case in court,” according to reports from CBSNews and Deadline.
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Manson and Walters.
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Walters originally filed her complaint in May 2021 with details accusing Manson of treating her “like his property,” adding that he repeatedly “offered Walters up to his influential industry friends and associates,” giving his friends permission to grope, kiss and “have her .”
At the Spike TV Scream Awards in September 2010, Walters allegedly Manson pushed her “onto the lap of an actor,” who “proceeded to kiss Walters and keep her on his lap,” according to the suit. A month later, Warner offered her up to a director, who “groped” Walters, “ella cornered her and shoved his hand up her skirt while covering her mouth so his date she could not hear.”
Warner fired Walters in 2011 after accusing her of “trying to sabotage his career,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Warner continued to “threaten her, accused her of stealing her artwork from her home, and hacked into her Facebook account.”
Walters says she decided to come forward with her allegations after being contacted by a group of individuals who have been allegedly victimized by Warner, including actress Esme Bianco, Evan Rachel Wood and Ashley Morgan Smithline. (Smithline accused the rocker of raping, biting and whipping her during their relationship more than a decade ago.).
Manson moved to dismiss Bianco’s case against him, but to judge denied his motion in October, and the case is still proceeding in Central California’s District Court.
Wood’s HBO documentary “Phoenix Rising” released in March focuses on her depiction of a toxic and turbulent relationship with Warner, and how she’s attempted to take back the narrative with her advocacy work through The Phoenix Act, which is also the name of the California bill she backed that extended the statute of limitations for domestic felonies.
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In total, more than a dozen women have made allegations of sexual impropriety against Manson, but not all of them have filed lawsuits.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, David Oliver
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism