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Detectives Serve Search Warrant At Marilyn Manson's Home Amid Investigation Into Sexual And Physical Abuse Allegations
Marilyn Manson was reportedly not home on Monday when Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators descended on the home and seized media storage units, including hard drives, from the property.
Investigators served a search warrant at Marilyn Manson’s home Monday amid an ongoing probe into disturbing allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Oxygen.com that detectives with the special victims unit served the search warrant Monday at the home of Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, but declined to provide any further details about what investigators may have been looking for inside the home.
Manson was reportedly not at his West Hollywood home when law enforcement descended on property and forced their way inside, TMZ reports.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that investigators seized media storage units while at the property as part of the ongoing probe into sexual assault allegations.
Manson’s attorney Howard E. King declined to comment to the Associated Press. Oxygen.com also reached out to King but did not receive an immediate response.
The development comes just weeks after Rolling Stone Magazine published an explosive exposé on the provocative singer detailing disturbing allegations of abuse from former girlfriends and colleagues—including a claim by Manson’s ex, Ashley Morgan Smithline, that she used to be forced to stay in a small “Bad Girls’ Room” as a form of sadistic and emotional torture during the relationship.
“Even if I was screaming, no one would hear me,” Smithline said of allegedly being locked in the vocal recording booth at the singer’s apartment. “First you fight, and he enjoys the struggle. I learned not to fight it, because that was giving him what he wanted. I just went somewhere else in my head.”
Smithline is one of more than a dozen women who have come forward to accuse the singer of physical and sexual abuse.
In a federal lawsuit filed against Marilyn Manson in May, “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco accused Manson of subjecting her to electric shocks, cutting her, whipping her, and raping her without her consent throughout their two-year relationship.
Bianco has also said that Manson locked her in a bedroom against her will, starved her and deprived her of sleep, according to The Associated Press.
According to her attorney, Bianco—who also recounted one alleged incident where Manson chased her through the apartment with an ax—has already spoken with investigators as the sheriff’s office continues to delve into the shocking allegations emerging from women in Manson’s past.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was once engaged to the performer, also publicly spoke out in February about being “horrifically abused” by Manson.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she wrote on Instagram. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.”
That same month, the sheriff’s department announced it had begun an investigation into the reports of abuse. No criminal charges have been filed to date.
Manson has repeatedly denied the reports in statements of his own and through his attorneys.
Earlier this year, he took to Instagram to insist that all of his romantic relationships had been consensual.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” he wrote. “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.”