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Marilyn Manson accuser recants sex abuse allegations, model says Evan Rachel Wood pressured her to make fake rape allegations

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Model Ashley Morgan Smithline previously accused Marilyn Manson of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse while they were dating in 2010. However, Smithline now says that those accusations are "false."

In June 2021, Smithline filed a lawsuit against Manson – whose real name is Brian Warner. Smithline accused Manson of sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, human trafficking, and unlawful imprisonment. Smithline said she had a "brief, consensual sexual relationship" with Manson, but claimed it became dark.

Rolling Stone reported, "She says she woke one day from an unconscious state with her wrists and ankles bound and Warner was penetrating her."

The lawsuit alleged, "On yet another occasion, Mr. Warner threw a Nazi knife at Ms. Smithline, only barely missing her face. Mr. Warner also burned Ms. Smithline."

Smithline accused Manson of whipping, biting, and cutting her with a knife to brand her thigh with his initials.

Manson, 54, denied the allegations in a July court declaration, adding that his relationships with three accusers were "consensual."

"I never abused, assaulted, raped, threatened, or trafficked any of these women, as they contend," Manson declared, according to court documents. "Their accusations against me of abuse, assault, rape, threats, and the like are unequivocally false."

Last month, Smithline's lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice by a Los Angeles judge after nearly two years. The lawsuit was dismissed because Smithline failed to represent herself in court or hire a new lawyer after her attorney Jay Ellwanger stopped representing her, according to People magazine.

Manson's attorney Howard King said in a statement, "We wish her well and will continue to work to assure that a significant price will be paid by those who have tried to abuse our legal system."

On Thursday, Smithline filed a declaration in Los Angeles Superior Court admitting that the accusations against Manson are "false." Smithline said that she was pressured by actress Evan Rachel Wood and others to falsely accuse the rocker of abuse.

"I succumbed to pressure from Evan Rachel Wood and her associates to make accusations of rape and assault against [Manson] that were not true," Smithline said in the declaration.

People magazine reported, "The model claims she was 'repeatedly gaslit' by Wood and others, including Ashley Walters, a former assistant of Manson's who sued him for sexual assault and battery in 2021, Wood's girlfriend Illma Gore, and 'Game of Thrones' actress Esmé Bianco to believe she'd been abused in ways similar to the ways they claimed they had been."

Bianco and Warner reached a settlement last month.

Smithline said she was contacted by either Walters or Gore around 2020 to participate in a group meeting with women who allegedly had "relationships or experiences" with Manson. The group call was filmed and featured on "Phoenix Rising" – a documentary about Wood's allegations of sexual abuse against Manson.

Smithline said Wood and others suggested that she "may just be misremembering" and "repressing" her memories of the alleged abuse by Manson.

"I remember [Wood] asked me whether I had been, among other things, whipped, chained, tied up, branded/cut, assaulted while sleeping, beaten, or raped. She said all of these things happened to Ms. Wood and others, and that when Ms. Wood was with [Manson] every moment was a moment of survival," Smithline wrote in the declaration. "When I said, 'No this did not happen to me and this was not my experience,' I recall being told by Ms. Wood that just because I could not remember did not necessarily mean that it did not happen."

She wrote, "Eventually, I started to believe that what I was repeatedly told happened to Ms. Wood and Ms. Bianco happened to me."

The model claimed that she never saw the contents of her civil complaint before it was filed. Smithline also said she was "pressured" by her attorney to go on a press tour to speak about the accusations against Manson.

In May 2021, she did an interview with People magazine.

Ellwanger said the accusations that he did not show Smithline the contents of the civil complaint "are categorically and verifiably false."

Smithline confessed that her 2021 civil complaint contained untrue statements" about Manson, "including that there was violence and non-consensual sexual activity."

A representative for Wood said in a statement, "Evan never pressured or manipulated Ashley. It was Ashley who first contacted Evan about the abuse she had suffered. It's unfortunate that the harassment and threats Ashley received after filing her federal lawsuit appear to have pressured her to change her testimony."

At least 15 women have accused Manson of sexual assault, and four women filed lawsuits against the singer.

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