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LA District Attorney says more evidence required before abuse charges can be brought against Marilyn Manson

By | Published on Wednesday 21 September 2022

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has submitted a “partial” report on its investigation into the sexual abuse claims made against Marilyn Manson to the LA District Attorney’s Office. However, prosecutors say they need more before they can consider possible criminal charges.

“On 19 Sep 2022, investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provided partial case material to LADA pertaining to the sexual assault allegations against Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson”, says the DA’s Office in a statement. “There is more material that is still outstanding, however, we do not have a timeline for the additional submission from the LASD”.

“Once we receive everything, experienced prosecutors will carefully and deliberatively review everything that has been submitted prior to making a filing decision”, it goes on. “This review will take some time but rest assured our office takes these allegations very seriously. LADA is dedicated to providing care and assistance to all victims of sexual assault, abuse, and intimate partner violence”.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department first announced that its Special Victims Unit was looking into abuse allegations against Manson – real name Brian Warner – back in February 2021.

The investigation began after actor Evan Rachel Wood confirmed that, when she had previously spoken about an abusive former partner, she was talking about her relationship with the musician. Other women then subsequently came forward also accusing Warner of abuse, some of whom then filed lawsuits in relation to their allegations.

When an earlier allegation of abuse was made against Warner in LA County in 2018 – with the musician accused of having held a woman captive for two days in 2011 – the LA DA’s office decided not to pursue a case against him, stating that the statute of limitations had expired and that there was an “absence of corroboration”.

However, earlier this month – in an unusual move – LA County District Attorney George Gascón issued a video statement on Instagram confirming that the reason the DA’s office had not taken any action this time round was simply because it was still waiting for the LA Country Sheriff’s Department to submit any report stemming from its investigation.

Despite some evidence now being in the hands of the DA’s office, it seems that there may still be a long wait before any final decision is made regarding a possible prosecution.