NewsJanuary 30, 2024 10:26 AM ET2,693 views

Marilyn Manson has to pay $327,000 for ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood's legal fees

Marilyn Manson

A recent court ruling has mandated that Marilyn Manson, also known as Brian Warner, is required to cover the majority of his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood's legal fees related to her defense against specific aspects of the defamation lawsuit Manson filed against her and her associate Ilma Gore in early 2022.

According to Rolling Stone, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teresa A. Beaudet has ordered Manson to pay $326,956 of Wood's legal fees in the ongoing lawsuit. However, the judge did acknowledge Manson's legal team's argument that some billed hours from Wood's defense team were too vague, resulting in a reduction of around $60,000 from the initially sought sum.

This development follows the dismissal of several claims made by Manson against Wood in the defamation suit by the same judge in May of the previous year. At that time, the judge affirmed Wood's ability to make allegations of rape and abuse against Manson under her First Amendment and litigation privileges. Nonetheless, certain aspects of Manson's suit against the pair are still active.

These include Manson's claims that Wood and Gore conspired to hack his computer, and impersonate him over the internet. Manson also alleged that Wood and Gore were involved in an incident leading to his residence being 'swatted' in February 2021.

A trial date for the remaining claims in Manson's suit has been scheduled for May 1st. Since Evan Rachel Wood accused Manson of abuse during their past relationship, over a dozen women have come forward with separate abuse allegations against Manson. Some of these allegations resulted in settlements, with Manson reaching agreements with actress Esmé Bianco and an unidentified woman in the previous year.

Model Ashley Morgan Smithline's suit against Manson was dismissed after she recanted her accusations. Walters' lawsuit remains ongoing, as does a civil lawsuit filed by a Jane Doe in early 2023, alleging Manson's sexual assault of a minor in the 1990s.

Manson continues to deny the allegations made against him.

[via ThePRP]

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