Marilyn Manson Allegedly Threatened Ex-Assistant Over HBO Doc

Marilyn Manson’s former assistant Ashley Walters was allegedly prevented from participating in upcoming documentary ‘Phoenix Rising,’ which includes abuse claims against the singer.

In the upcoming HBO Max documentary, actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood tells her experiences with her ex-fiancé Manson (real name Brian Hugh Warner) and accuses him of sexual assault. Wood had previously decided against naming her abuser and finally revealed his identity in the two-part docuseries.

Marilyn Manson’s Ex-Assistant Claimed She Was Prevented From Participating In ‘Phoenix Rising’

Ahead of the release, it was revealed that Walters — one of four women who have filed lawsuits against Manson accusing him of sexual assault — was allegedly prevented from taking part in the documentary directed by Amy J. Berg. Walters’ lawyers said their client was threatened with “retaliatory legal action” if she took part in it.

In the film, Wood claimed that she was “essentially raped on camera” by her former partner during the filming of the video for 2007’s ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Guides The Hand)’ single.

In the aftermath of the documentary premiering in the festival circuit, Manson filed legal documents accusing the ‘Westworld’ actress of defamation.

The court documents filed by Manson against Wood state the action “arises from the wrongful and illegal acts done in furtherance of a conspiracy by Defendant Evan Rachel Wood and her on-again, off-again romantic partner, Defendant Ashley Gore, a/k/a Illma Gore, to publicly cast Plaintiff Brian Warner, p/k/a Marilyn Manson, as a rapist and abuser– a malicious falsehood that has derailed Warner’s successful music, TV, and film career.”

Manson Is Facing Four Lawsuits

On March 11, Walters’ legal team filed a new amendment to her initial lawsuit, stating that the former assistant was also threatened with “retaliatory” legal proceedings if she took part in the film.

“While [Walters] could not recall many of the specific acts of intimidation, threats and coercion until Fall of 2020 or later, the compilation of numerous threatening and violent events instilled a constant state of fear of retribution and retaliation should Plaintiff, in any way, confront Defendants,” Walters’ lawyers write in the amended lawsuit as seen by ‘Rolling Stone’.

“This also contributed to the fact that Plaintiff was unable to access many of the memories of her abuse until the effects of these threats and coercion subsided due to the public exposure of Warner’s abuse and the loss of his power in the industry when even his record labels and management dropped their representation of Defendants.”

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