A California judge has tossed out a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by one of Marilyn Manson’s accusers after she failed to replace her former legal counsel, Page Six reported.
Ashley Morgan Smithline, who previously accused the shock rocker of raping and abusing her during their two-year, on-and-off relationship, was advised to find new representation by December 5, 2022, after her former lawyer Jay D. Ellwanger’s motion to withdraw was approved.
However, the model failed to find new representation or represent herself, and so her case was thrown out. The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning she can refile the same claim at a later time if she wishes to do so.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, has repeatedly denied Smithline’s claims—and those of the dozen other women who have come forward, including “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco, whom Ellwanger also represents. Manson and his legal team have maintained that his accusers have conspired to ruin his name for monetary gain.
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