Judge Throws Out Key Claims In Marilyn Manson’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Evan Rachel Wood

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Last year, Marilyn Manson (legal name Brian Warner) filed a lawsuit against actor Evan Rachel Wood for defamation, claiming she made up allegations that he sexually abused her during their relationship. In 2021, Wood named Manson as her abuser, claiming “he started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years.”

In Manson’s lawsuit, the rocker alleges that Wood and Illma Gore have caused him emotional distress and have hurt his career in music, film, and TV. Among his other allegations, he also claims that the two women used a fake letter from the FBI in an effort to convince other women to speak about abuse allegations, and even coached them on what to say about Manson. Wood has denied writing such a letter.

In a new update to this story, a judge has thrown out multiple parts of Manson’s lawsuit. As reported by the Associated Press, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa A. Beaudet threw out the part of the lawsuit pertaining to the alleged FBI letter; she also dismissed a section that alleges both women used a “checklist” found on an iPad for other women to make claims about the rocker.

Regarding both of these parts being thrown out, the judge has cited a lack of evidence supporting either claim. In a new statement of his, Wood’s attorney, Michael Kump, shares the following:

“We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling, which affirms and protects Evan’s exercise of her fundamental First Amendment rights. As the Court correctly found, Plaintiff failed to show that his claims against her have even minimal merit.”

Manson’s attorney, Howard King, is planning an immediate appeal. Per King:

“The ruling is disappointing but not unexpected. The Court telegraphed this outcome when it refused to consider the bombshell sworn declaration of former plaintiff Ashley Smithline, which detailed how women were systematically pressured by Evan Rachel Wood and Illma Gore to make false claims about Brian Warner.”

More on this story as it develops.

Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether it happened to you or someone you care about, can find support on the National Sexual Assault Hotline. If you are looking for support, please contact RAINN or call 800.656.HOPE (4673). Remember: you are not alone.

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