LOS ANGELES — Detectives have handed the results of their 19-month investigation into sexual assault allegations against Marilyn Manson to prosecutors, who will consider whether to pursue criminal charges, authorities said Tuesday.
Investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department presented the case of the 53-year-old rocker, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner, to the District Attorney’s Office on Monday.
A statement on the transfer did not provide new details about the investigation, but the sheriff’s department previously said detectives were investigating allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence dating from 2009 to 2011 that took place in West Hollywood, where Manson lived at the time.
Manson’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his lawyer called the allegations “demonstrably false”.
The investigation included a November search of Manson’s home, where media devices and other items were seized.
Authorities have not identified the women involved, but several have publicly claimed that they were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by Manson around the time of the incidents under investigation, and some have filed civil lawsuits.
They include “Game of Thrones” actor Esmé Bianco, whose lawyer said she also gave interviews to law enforcement officers.
Manson himself is suing his former fiancée, “Westworld” actor Evan Rachel Wood, whose February 2021 Instagram post claiming he had “abhorredly abused me” for years sparked the spate of public accusations against him.
The lawsuit calls her assault allegations fabricated and said she and another woman used false pretenses, including a fake letter from the FBI to convince other women to come forward.
Wood’s lawyers said in court documents that the lawsuit is groundless, and an example of the retaliation he long threatened Wood if she spoke out about his abuse.
Manson emerged as a musical star in the mid-1990s, known for his public controversy, including hits such as “The Beautiful People” and hit albums such as 1996’s Antichrist Superstar and 1998’s “Mechanical Animals.”
The Associated Press usually does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they have come forward publicly as Bianco and Wood have done.
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