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Marilyn Manson Sued By Former Assistant Who Says He Viewed Her As His 'Property'

Marilyn Manson's former assistant Ashley Walters has filed a lawsuit against the so-called shock rocker, accusing him of psychological and sexual abuse. 

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Marilyn Manson’s former assistant has joined the growing list of women to come forward and accuse the so-called shock rocker of abuse. 

Ashley Walters, 37, filed a lawsuit against him on Tuesday in Los Angeles, accusing the “Beautiful People” singer of sexual assault, battery, and harassment, the Cut reports.

Walters first came forward with her allegations in February in an Instagram post, stating that she met Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, in 2010. She wrote that within six months he asked her to become his personal assistant. The two became so close that they got matching tattoos. 

But, she claimed, "I soon became a victim of his psychological abuse - he was very skilled at gaslighting his inner circle."

She went on to say that she felt as though Manson viewed her as his “property.” 

Walters wrote that he "would offer me up for sexual encounters to please potential collaborators or friends and bragged that he could do so. I'd be threatened if he wasn't happy with me or be made to do impossible tasks so, he could continue to berate me."

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Walters has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.

Walters’ lawsuit claims that the singer forced her to work 48 hours straight to match his drug binges during which she alleges that he threw dishes at her and pushed her against a wall. She also claims that during her two years she worked for Manson, he sexually assaulted, whipped, and electrocuted her.

“You just put your head down and you’re in survival mode,” she told the Cut. “At the time I felt isolated, like I couldn’t go anywhere.”

A member of Manson’s team told the Cut that Manson “vehemently denied any accusations of assault” regarding Walters. In February, as many of the allegations against him made headlines, he wrote on Instagram that "recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality." 

Walters now joins more than a dozen women who have accused Manson of abuse. "Game of Thrones" actor Esme Bianco filed a lawsuit earlier this year accusing the singer of “constant abuse." Manson’s exes Evan Rachel Wood and Ashley Morgan Smithline have also come forward with similar claims of abuse.

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