Following allegations made by many women against rock star Marilyn Manson for sexual abuse and physical violence, including cases of torture and unlawful deprivation of liberty, authorities raided the musician’s home this Monday, Nov. 29, in search of evidence.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Secretary Eva Jimenez told the media that a search warrant was served at the home of Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner.
Manson had had legal problems related to allegations of abuse and violence since 2009 when his partner reported him. But following those episodes, several women have alleged that they were physically, sexually, and emotionally abused by Manson.
The singer has always denied the allegations against him, and neither he nor his lawyer, Howard E. King, have made public comments after the surprise raid on Monday.
According to court sources, investigators broke into Marilyn Manson’s property and took computers, hard drives, and USB storage with digital material to be processed by the district attorney’s office.
Manson’s case became much more controversial when in mid-November, an article in Rolling Stone magazine revealed the existence of a room in which the singer locked up and psychologically and sexually subjected different women who were with him at different times in his life.
The information arose from a journalistic investigation by Rolling Stone magazine, which claimed to have worked for more than nine months on the testimonies of different witnesses who frequented the musician.
According to the article, the room was in Manson’s West Hollywood apartment and was known as the “Bad Girls Room.” There he would lock up his partners for hours and punish them for “little transgressions” he decided they had committed.
Manson’s former assistant, Ashley Walter, was one of the women who confirmed and denounced the existence of this room. Manson always joked and bragged about the space, Walter said.
In the note, also, another of Manson’s ex-girlfriends claimed that she was forced to stay hours inside the room. “At first, it seemed great. Then it was all torturous. Even if I was screaming, no one would hear me,” said model Ashley Morgan Smithline, another of the women who reported him for rape.
A judicial source told Rolling Stone magazine that in the “Mean Girls Room,” Manson had a notebook with a perverse aesthetic: it was decorated with blood, swastikas, and pornographic magazine clippings.
The room was completely soundproofed so that nothing that was said or happened inside could be heard. “There he committed acts of mental, physical and sexual abuse that left his victims with paralyzing episodes of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress,” the newspaper article noted based on judicial information.
In May, “Game of Thrones” actress Esmé Bianco joined the voices of women who denounced Manson and sued him in federal court, alleging sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
Bianco claims that Manson also violated human trafficking laws by bringing her to California from England for non-existent roles in music videos and movies.
According to the complaint, Manson allegedly deprived Bianco of food and sleep, locked her in a bedroom, whipped her, gave her electric shocks, and threatened to enter her room and rape her during the night.