LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge on Tuesday dismissed key parts of Marilyn Manson’s lawsuit His ex-fiancé, ‘Westworld’ actor Evan Rachel Wood, says she was sexually and physically abused during the relationship and encouraged other women to do the same. He claimed to have fabricated the public allegations.
The Manson lawsuit, filed last year, alleges that Wood and another defendant, Irma Gore, defamed Manson, intentionally inflicted emotional distress on him, and derailed his career in music, television and film. They use false pretexts, including fake letters from the FBI, to persuade other women to pursue sexual abuse allegations and what to say about Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner. Guided me what to do.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa A. Beaudet has dismissed part of the lawsuit dealing with pending FBI letters, but Wood has denied forgery. Beaudet also destroyed a section that claimed Wood and Gore used a checklist on her iPad to help other women file abuse allegations against Manson.
The judge did not rule on the legitimacy of the FBI letter, but the evidence that the defendants solicited other women and used them to harm Manson was hypothetical. I decided it was thin. Evidence that Wood and Gore created a checklist was also lacking, Bourde found.
Beaudet’s decision relied on California law intended to protect defendants’ free speech from being overwhelmed by lawsuits.
Wood’s attorney, Michael Kamp, said in a statement, “We are very pleased with the court’s ruling affirming and protecting Evan’s exercise of his fundamental First Amendment rights.” As the court rightly found, plaintiff failed to demonstrate that his claim against her was of minimal merit.”
Manson’s attorney said he plans to appeal immediately.
Manson’s attorney Howard King said in an email, “The ruling is disappointing but not unexpected.” The court refused to consider former plaintiff Ashley Smithline’s shocking affidavit. At the time, the results were telegraphed, affidavits stating that women were systematically pressured by Evan Rachel Wood and Irma Gore to make false claims about Brian Warner. The methods are detailed.”
The judge dismissed Wood’s motion to dismiss other parts of the lawsuit alleging that the defendant intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Manson. Hacked social media accounts, created fake emails to create evidence that he was emailing illegal pornography, used prank calls to “hit” Manson, and sent authorities home. contains allegations that
Several women have sued Manson in recent years for allegations of sexual abuse and other abuse..
And police and prosecutors have been conducting criminal investigations into Manson Over 2 years. In September, prosecutors said they needed more evidence from detectives before deciding whether to charge him. The woman involved has not been identified.
The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly.
When the #MeToo movement gained momentum in 2017, Wood said he was raped and abused, and testified before a congressional committee in 2018, neither naming anyone. Later, in a February 2020 Instagram post, Wood named Manson, stating that “he abused me badly for years.” The two came out as a couple in 2007 and separated after briefly getting engaged in 2010. Her HBO documentary about the allegations premiered in his March.
In Manson’s lawsuit, Wood said he had nothing but glorious things to say about his relationship with Manson, and said nothing about being abused by Manson in the decade leading up to meeting Gore.
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