Detectives raid Marilyn Manson’s West Hollywood home: report
The home of rock singer Marilyn Manson was raided Monday after several women accused him of physical and sexual assault.
Manson was apparently not at home at the time.
Police seized hard drives and other electronic data storage units during the raid, which was first reported by TMZ.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Assistant Eva Jimenez confirmed that a search warrant had been served at Manson’s home, but gave no further details, according to Associated Press.
The department began investigating Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, in February after several women reported that he physically, sexually and emotionally assaulted them between 2009 and 2011.
Several of the women, some of whom have not been publicly identified, have sued Manson. A judge dismissed one of those lawsuits in September, citing the expiration of the statute of limitations.
Manson, 52, has denied the allegations, his lawyer Howard E. King saying they are “provably false.”
Evan Rachel Wood, Manson’s ex-fiancée, first named him his attacker via a Instagram post in February. The actress said she had been abused for years.
Manson responded to his claims, calling them “horrific distortions of reality,” according to the AP.
After Wood’s post, actress Esmé Bianco sued Manson in federal court in May. In the lawsuit, she accused him of sexually, physically and emotionally abusing her, according to the AP.
The actress, who appeared in “Game of Thrones”, alleged that Manson violated human trafficking law when he tricked her into traveling from England to California for roles in music videos and movies that didn’t exist, the AP reported. She further accused him of preventing her from eating and sleeping, locking her in a room, whipping her and subjecting her to electric shocks.
In the lawsuit, Bianco also alleged that Manson threatened to come to her room and rape her that night.
Manson said Bianco’s claims were “false” and part of “a coordinated attack”.
Other women, including Manson’s former assistant, also accused him of abuse.