Marilyn Manson settles rape lawsuit out of court
Brian Warner, known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, has resolved a rape case brought against him in 2021. The case was initiated by an anonymous individual (referred to as Jane Doe) who asserted that Manson had sexually assaulted her and made threats to her life. This woman, who chose to remain unidentified, revealed that she had suppressed memories of these incidents for an extended period before coming forward, aligning with other women who had sued Manson with similar accusations.
Initially dismissed, the lawsuit gained traction after it was amended to provide more detailed allegations against Manson. According to Rolling Stone, the case has now been settled just before the scheduled trial next week.
The anonymous individual issued the following statement:
I was fully prepared for trial and never in a million years thought I would ever settle, but over the past two-and-a-half years I have silently endured threats, bullying, harassment and various forms of intimidation that have intensified over the past few weeks.
Marilyn Manson attended my deposition, and I was forced to answer seven hours of aggressive questioning with him staring at me from across the table. I've been told that this almost never happens, as it's cruel, and that a main reason for it would be to intimidate and inflict emotional distress on a victim.
I never cared about money and only ever wanted justice, but if we had gone to trial, I could have lost my right to anonymity and been victim-blamed on a large and public scale. Most importantly I could have risked losing the freedom to tell my story, and that is worth more than anything in the world."
She added: "If any other victims are reading this. please know that you are loved and supported even if it doesn't feel that way, and that in spite of everything I've been through I don't for one second regret speaking up.
Manson's lawyer Howard King also shared the following:
Brian is pleased that, just as previous lawsuits were abandoned without payment or settled for pennies on the dollar, this plaintiff has now agreed to drop her suit in exchange for an insurance payment representing a fraction of her demands and far less than the cost to Brian of proceeding to trial.