Ashley Walters, a former assistant to Marilyn Manson
, filed a lawsuit
against the singer on Tuesday, accusing him of sexually abusing her and inviting his friends
to sexually assault her a decade ago while she was working for him.
Manson was said to be unstable as a boss, prone to outbursts and threats of rape
and other forms of violence against Walters and other women around him.
Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, is already under investigation by the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department for alleged domestic violence incidents, which he denies.
With her suit, Walters joins more than a dozen other women who have made claims of abuse against Manson, according to a count from New York
magazine, which broke the news first. In February, “Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood
came forward to say Manson “horrifically abused” her for years while they dated in the late aughts, when she was only 18.
In late April
, “Game of Thrones
” actress Esme Bianco
filed a lawsuit against Manson alleging sexual abuse involving electric shocks, drugs, and alcohol.
According to her complaint, Walters was an aspiring photographer in March 2010 when Manson reached out to her via social media
to compliment her work. In May of that year, Manson attempted to forcibly kiss her after pinning her to a bed after inviting her to his West Hollywood
home to look at art books and discuss a possible collaboration.
According to the complaint, Walters was encouraged by Manson's continued support for her work, believing she was "on the verge of potentially forging a professional relationship" in which Manson would "respect her professional boundaries moving
Walters then agreed to direct and perform in a video for Manson, and during the shoot, he allegedly ordered her to strip down to her underwear and get into bed with an actor who began "touching himself" and later "threw her against the wall and roughly shoved his tongue into her mouth."
According to the complaint, when Manson offered to double her salary by working as his assistant, she "knew it could be an incredible opportunity to become involved in the creative entertainment
field one that would not be likely to come around again, so she accepted the position." She alleged that Manson was an abusive employer who barred her from seeing family members and erupted into violence.
The inside of Manson's home was described by Walters as "disorienting," with black carpet, black furniture, and so little natural light that employees had to use "flashlights and LED headlamps to find their way around." Walls were covered in "graffiti, blood, and inappropriate phrases," according to the complaint.
Manson allegedly told his friends that they could grope and kiss Walters while she worked as his assistant, pushing her onto the lap of an actor, who then forcibly kept her on his lap while kissing her.
Her complaint also details several sexual encounters between Manson and various young female fans, at least one of whom was allegedly underage, as well as a number of domestic violence incidents between Manson and ex-girlfriends. According to the complaint, Manson directed Walters and others, such as Evan Rachel Wood, to pose for photographs in Nazi garb to be used as potential blackmail.
The complaint claims that when Manson hired Walters, he was “looking to create an environment
where [Walters] was subjected to personal and professional sexual exploitation, manipulation, and psychological abuse.” By mid-2011, the singer was accusing her of sabotaging his career, and the two split up in October of that year.
After a group of women, including Wood and Bianco, approached her in 2020 to share similar stories of alleged abuse, Walters realized that her experiences with Manson were not only traumatic, but potentially illegal.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated in February that its detectives were investigating accusations made against Manson from 2009 to 2011, but did not identify the women who made the claims.