Rape Charge Against Marilyn Manson Dropped Over Statute of Limitations

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In February of this year, shock rocker Marilyn Manson was formally accused of abuse by his former girlfriend, actor Evan Rachael Wood. In the aftermath of this, Manson was also dropped by his label, accused of sexual assault by a former personal assistant, and issued a warrant for his arrest in New Hampshire for spitting on a videographer. These are not all the accusations and charges against him, though — several other women have come forward saying Manson mistreated, abused, and sexually assaulted them. But one such charge for rape has been thrown out by a judge on the grounds of statute of limitations.

As reported by Metal Hammer, an anonymous claimant being called ‘Jane Doe’ says Marilyn Manson raped her while they were in a relationship in 2011. But on Tuesday, September 14th, Judge Gregory Keosian dismissed the complaint due to the statute of limitations. According to Judge Keosian, that the complainant’s claims of having repressed memories from the alleged event are not sufficient to overcome the statute of limitations.

‘Jane Doe’ has been given 20 days to file a new complaint.

According to Jane Doe’s legal team, “Marilyn Manson wants to silence our client about her rape. He tried to use technical legal arguments to get her case thrown out altogether. The judge thoughtfully analyzed the case law, and rightfully held that her case can go forward, so long as she amends her complaint to add some additional details. We intend to amend with those additional details very shortly, and look forward to the opportunity to make Manson answer for his actions.”

This is one of four lawsuits Manson currently faces. The other three come from Game of Thrones star Esme Bianco, who is accusing Manson of rape, sexual battery, and human trafficking; model/actor Ashley Morgan Smithline, who claims that Manson sexually assaulted her; and the aforementioned suit from his personal assistant.


Words by Chris Krovatin