Another One of Marilyn Manson’s Exes Has Come Forward With Claims of Sexual Violence, Physical, and Psychological Abuse
Yet another victim has come forward and accused Marilyn Manson of sexual violence and other forms of physical and psychological abuse.
Ashley Morgan Smithline is a 36-year-old actress and model. She tells People she met Manson in 2010 and dated him through 2013, and calls the shock rocker the “most terrifying monster in the world.”
Like Game of Thrones actor Esmé Bianco, Smithline says Manson lured her in with promises of acting work before their relationship became romantic.
Accusations she makes against Manson include:
- Raping her multiple times, and one occasion telling her “You can’t rape someone that you’re in love with.”
- Multiple forms of physical assault, including biting, whipping, hitting, carving his initials into her thigh, cutting her stomach and drinking her blood (and then making her drink his), breaking her nose, and throwing a knife at her.
- Withholding food (she says she fell to under eighty pounds during their relationship).
- Sending Smithline to a glass box known as the “bad girls’ room” more than 100 times.
- Various forms of psychological abuse.
Many of Smithline’s stories and allegations have similar details shared by the singer’s other accusers: keeping it dark and freezing (i.e., disorienting) in house at all times, a fascination with Nazi memorabilia and predilection for anti-Semitic behavior, and, of course, the aforementioned “bad girls’ room.”
Smithline says she has found some comfort communicating with Manson’s other victims, including Bianco and Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood. According to Smithline, they all believe Manson’s goal was drive them to suicide.
You can read People‘s entire report here, and/or watch a video interview with Smithline below.
Smithline is the fifteenth woman to level allegations of abuse against Manson.
That flood of charges began in February with actress Evan Rachel Wood — a star of HBO’s Westworld and Manson’s former fiancée — who says that Manson “horrifically abused me for years.” She elaborated on those accusations a week later, at which point she also said that Manson’s wife, Lindsay Usich, and someone named Leslee Lane were “conspiring to release photos of me when I was UNDERAGE, after being given large amounts of drugs and alcohol, after Brian performed on Halloween in Las Vegas, to ‘ruin my career’ and ‘shut me up.’”
While Wood has implied in the past that Manson abused her, this was the first time she explicitly named the singer. After that, there was a deluge of similar accusations from other women. Earlier, a former assistant claimed that he had seen Manson physically and emotionally abuse Usich.
Manson has called the previous accusations against him “horrible distortions of reality.” But the fallout has already been tremendous, with the singer being dropped by his label, Loma Vista, his agency, CAA, and his manager of 25 years, Tony Ciulla. He was also fired from television roles on the programs American Gods and Creepshow.
Last week, Bianco filed a lawsuit against Manson and Ciulla, alleging sexual assault and sex trafficking.
Two former Manson collaborators, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland and Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, have both spoken out against the shock rocker. Borland called Manson “a bad fucking guy” and asserted that his victims “are speaking the truth,” while Reznor said that he has “been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago.” He also denied, not for the first time, a story from Manson’s memoir, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, in which the singer claims that he and Reznor plied two women with alcohol and then took advantage of them once they were heavily inebriated.
Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya shared an unsettling story about Manson, as did singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers. The actor Corey Feldman has also accused Manson of “decades [of] mental and emotional abuse.”