Marilyn Manson (legal name, Brian Warner) has recently settled a rape lawsuit involving a “Jane Doe” who sued him back in 2021.
As reported by Rolling Stone, the anonymous victim claims that Manson raped her and “deprived her of food, sleep, and a sense of safety” back in 2011. Doe claims that Manson threatened to “bash her head in” if she reported the alleged abuse.
The settlement was reached prior to the case heading to trial next week. Adam Wolf, the lawyer representing Doe, filed a notice of settlement with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles this past Wednesday (September 27th).
In a statement she provided to Rolling Stone, Jane Doe shares the following:
“I was fully prepared for trial and never in a million years thought I would ever settle, but over the past two-and-a-half years I have silently endured threats, bullying, harassment and various forms of intimidation that have intensified over the past few weeks. Marilyn Manson attended my deposition, and I was forced to answer seven hours of aggressive questioning with him staring at me from across the table. I’ve been told that this almost never happens, as it’s cruel, and that a main reason for it would be to intimidate and inflict emotional distress on a victim.
“I never cared about money and only ever wanted justice, but if we had gone to trial, I could have lost my right to anonymity and been victim-blamed on a large and public scale. Most importantly I could have risked losing the freedom to tell my story, and that is worth more than anything in the world.”
Doe also provides the following:
“If any other victims are reading this, please know that you are loved and supported even if it doesn’t feel that way, and that in spite of everything I’ve been through I don’t for one second regret speaking up.”
Doe’s lawyer also provides the following comments:
“I am honored to have supported Ms. Doe. My law firm stands with those who bravely push back against misconduct in all forms, especially by high-profile, powerful men. We are dedicated to fighting for justice, no matter how long it takes. You are not alone.”
In his own statement, Manson’s attorney Howard King offers the following:
“Brian is pleased that, just as previous lawsuits were abandoned without payment or settled for pennies on the dollar, this plaintiff has now agreed to drop her suit in exchange for an insurance payment representing a fraction of her demands and far less than the cost to Brian of proceeding to trial.”
The terms of this newest settlement have not been made public. This marks Manson’s second rape settlement this year, the previous one involving Game Of Thrones actor Esmé Bianco, who sued Manson for rape, sexual battery, and human trafficking.
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.