A sexual assault case made against Marilyn Manson has been dismissed.
In May, a police report was filed claiming Manson had committed unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating and reviewing a number of sexual misconduct claims made after the rise of the #MeToo movement last year. The D.A. has declined to move forward with several cases, including Manson’s, which a court filing said was due to the statute of limitations having expired and “an absence of corroboration”.
In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, the rock star’s attorney Howard E. King, Esq. said: “Under current policy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney must investigate any claim of sexual abuse, no matter how outlandish. It is not surprising that the District Attorney, after investigation, summarily rejected the claims made in a police report filed by a former acquaintance against Brian Warner p/k/a Marilyn Manson.
“The allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied by Mr. Warner and are either completely delusional or part of a calculated attempt to generate publicity for the claimant’s business of selling Manson memorabilia,” he continued. “The police report that spurred the investigation was accompanied by the woman’s press release and other attempts to generate publicity that fraudulently claimed she was held captive by Mr. Warner for 48 hours in 2011. Any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false.”
The D.A.’s office also dismissed cases against rapper A$AP Bari and Girls writer Murray Miller. More high-profile cases are still being reviewed, including some involving Harvey Weinstein and Steven Seagal.
Last year, Manson discussed his views on the sexual misconduct allegations being made in the wake of the #MeToo movement. “If you have something to say, you should say it to the police and not to the press and handle it that way, first and foremost,” he said.
“I don’t want to see it turn Hollywood into something that takes away from films being made – that’s not to disrespect the people making the allegations,” he added. “I just think, I don’t want it to turn the whole world’s attention from the artistic element of Hollywood and movies and films to be ruined by this.”