Another former girlfriend of shock rocker Marilyn Manson has come forward with allegations of abuse suffered at the hands of Manson. Actress Ashley Morgan Smithline is one of 15 women that have come forward in the last few months, ever since actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly named Manson as her abuser in February.
In a new interview with People, Smithline noted that over the course of their two-year relationship, Manson sexually assaulted her "countless times," with Smithline saying Manson "hit her, whipped her, cut her with a swastika-emblazoned knife and shoved his fist in her mouth during sex."
She said Manson forced her to do a blood pact. "He cut me on my stomach and then drank my blood. Then, he had me drink his," she says. "The more I let him hurt me, the more I loved him and the more I was proving myself to him." When she "pissed him off," he would lock her in something he called "the bad girls' room," which was a glass, soundproof room. Other women have made mention of this room, and Smithline says she was locked in there at least 100 times.
A rep for Manson says he "strongly deny her claims," adding "There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn't know where to begin to answer them. This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, didn't last one week." People counters by saying that Smithline showed emails purportedly from Manson that span over the course of more than two years.
The two connected in the summer of 2010, when Manson reached out to her over an acting role, and after going back and forth with text messages, Smithline moved in with Manson into his West Hollywood apartment, which she described as a freezing "black refrigerator."
She claims the first abuse happened while filming, when he whipped her bare back and she laid naked on her stomach in his bed. Then, the abuse got sexual. She recalled a time that she woke up, with her hands tied and Manson had been penetrating her while she was sleeping. She was screaming and "He kept telling me, 'You can't rape someone that you're in love with,'" she says.
Smithline lost weight, down to 80 pounds and claims Manson would cut her protruding ribs and once cut his initials into her thigh. She shared photos of her scars with People, where you can see the permanant mark.
During another incident, where she was trying to break free from a rape attempt, Manson broke her nose. She claims another time Manson threw a knife across the room, just barely missing her face.
Eventually, she was able to break free from Manson and began healing last September when she met with Wood, Esmé Bianco and other Manson accusers. She continues to struggel with PTSD and OCD. She hopes speaking out will help stop the "most terrifying monster in the world." She does not refer to herself as a victim, but rather a survivor. You can read the full piece at People. People also released a 20-minute video with Smithline detailing her claims.
Prior to last week, Manson only made one statement on the sea of accusations in February saying "Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."
On February 1st, actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly named Manson as her abuser, after previously detailing being mentally and physically tortured by an older man when she was 18-years-old. You can see the details of her accusations here. She later elaborated that Manson "started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," adding "I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission." Wood released a second statement accusing Manson and his current wife of trying to blackmail her into silence. One of Manson's former personal assistants has backed her claims and alleged Manson is abusing his current wife.
Wood began signal-boosting other women who spoke of the abuse they alleged Manson caused to them. Another accuser has since come forward saying Manson pulled a gun on her and accused him of drugging his girlfriend at the time.
Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland, who played with Manson in 1998, was the first artist to speak out, and said that everything Wood was saying was true. Trent Reznor released a statement denouncing him. Another musician, Phoebe Bridgers, revealed she went over to Manson's house as a teenager and he joked of having "a rape room."
Otep released a statement that Manson's current wife, Usich, used to call Otep's previous girlfriend in hysterics claiming Manson was drugged and abusive. A former personal assistant of Manson's also is claiming Manson is abusing his current wife. A former "teen lover" says Manson groomed her while she was underage.
Manson's previous wife, Dita Von Teese responded to concern from fans by addressing the situation, saying she was never abused by Manson. Sharon Osbourne also spoke positively of her relationship with Manson but said she did not keep tabs on his personal life. Actor Corey Feldman accused Manson of emotional abuse.
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