Judge Questions Why Former Marilyn Manson Assistant Waited So Long to Sue

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A former assistant to Marilyn Manson who accuses him of sexual harassment and assault will have to shore up her lawsuit and explain why she waited so long to file her case, a judge ruled.  

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern heard arguments on the fate of plaintiff Ashley Walters’ case on Jan. 26, then took Manson’s motion to dismiss the case on statute-of-limitations grounds under submission before ruling Friday.  

Walters, who also is a photographer, worked with and for Manson Records from May 2010 to October 2011 and alleges the singer sexually abused and battered her multiple times and required her to travel with drugs. She also maintains he bragged about raping women and showed her a video of himself abusing an underage girl.  

But Walters did not file her lawsuit until last May 18, the judge wrote.  

“Reading the first amended complaint as a whole, (Walters) pleads that (she) was aware of the actions against her by the time she left her employment,” Stern further wrote. “Thus, nine to 10 years passed until the filing of the action, far beyond the two-year limitations periods of her claims.”  

Walters’ sexual assault cause of action, as written, “is not subject to the most recent amendment providing for a ten-year limitations period as this revision is not retroactive,” according to Stern, who also said Walters’ claims are not subject to the delayed discover rule.  

The judge ordered Walters to file an amended complaint by March 11.  

Walters came forward along with other women who accused the 53-year- old singer of sexual abuse. Manson’s real name is Brian Hugh Warner and he obtained his stage name by combining the names of a sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, and an infamous criminal, Charles Manson.

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