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Los Angeles County Sheriff Hands Sexual Assault Investigation of Marilyn Manson to Prosecutors for Possible Criminal Charges

Marilyn Manson in shades and black coat

Marilyn Manson (Charley Gallay_Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

A sexual assault investigation into shock rocker Marilyn Manson is now with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of possible criminal charges.

The Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday it had completed its investigation of Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, and submitted it to prosecutors on Monday. The investigation began 19 months ago and included a raid at Manson’s home last November. Sheriff’s officials said then that the investigation concerned incidents that “occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood.”

Manson’s ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood and several other women have accused Manson of sexual and physical abuse, which he has denied. He’s currently suing Wood for defamation in Los Angeles County Superior Court, as well as artist Ilma Gore.

Meanwhile, actress Esmé Bianco has sexual assault and human trafficking claims pending against Manson in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Bianco’s lawyer, Jay D. Ellwanger, also represents Manson’s ex-girlfriend Ashley Morgan Smithline in a similar lawsuit, though he has a pending request to withdraw as Smithline’s lawyer.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón addressed the Manson case in a video posted to his Instagram page last week, in response to the question: “Evan Rachel Wood wanted me to ask how the Brian Warner case is developing?”

Gascón said the sheriff’s department was still investigating but included an unusual deadline push, saying, “We are hopeful that the LASD will present the case to us sometime this month.”

“Once we have received the case, it will be carefully evaluated by an experienced prosecutor to determine if it is appropriate to file charges at this time,” Gascón said. He also said his office requests “regular updates on the status of the investigation,” and he emphasized his commitment “to investing in trauma-informed care for all victims of sexual assault, abuse and intimate partner violence.”

“We understand how difficult it may be to come forward as a victim, especially when the case involves this level of notoriety, and are dedicated to treating all victims with the highest levels of care and respect,” Gascón said.

The Sheriff’s Department announced the completion of the investigation by its Special Victims Bureau in a press release early Tuesday.

(Image: Charley Gallay_Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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A graduate of the University of Oregon, Meghann worked at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho, before moving to California in 2013 to work at the Orange County Register. She spent four years as a litigation reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and one year as a California-based editor and reporter for and associated publications such as The National Law Journal and New York Law Journal before joining Law & Crime News. Meghann has written for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Bloomberg Law, ABA Journal, The Forward, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Laguna Beach Independent. Her Twitter coverage of federal court hearings in a lawsuit over homelessness in Los Angeles placed 1st in the Los Angeles Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards for Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Journalist in 2021. An article she freelanced for Los Angeles Times Community News about a debate among federal judges regarding the safety of jury trials during COVID also placed 1st in the Orange County Press Club Awards for Best Pandemic News Story in 2021.