Marilyn Manson Sexual Abuse Investigation Submitted to Los Angeles D.A.

Marilyn Manson Sexual Abuse Investigation Submitted to Los Angeles D.A.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office will review the 19-month investigation and consider whether to file criminal charges against the musician

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson, June 2019 (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Since February 2021, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau has been investigating sexual assault allegations involving Marilyn Manson. Detectives with the bureau have now officially submitted the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for review and complaint filing consideration. A representative for Manson declined to comment on the development when reached by Pitchfork.

In a statement shared with Pitchfork, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said:

On September 19, 2022, investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provided partial case material to LADA pertaining to the sexual assault allegations against Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson. There is more material that is still outstanding, however, we do not have a timeline for the additional submission from the LASD. Once we receive everything, experienced prosecutors will carefully and deliberatively review everything that has been submitted prior to making a filing decision. This review will take some time but rest assured our office takes these allegations very seriously. LADA is dedicated to providing care and assistance to all victims of sexual assault, abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Last week, on September 12, George Gascón, the district attorney of Los Angeles County, gave an update on the investigation of Manson. “The Brian Warner matter is still under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and has not yet been submitted to our office,” he said in a video. “Please be assured that we are requesting regular updates on the status of the investigation.”

“The district attorney is committed to investing in trauma-informed care for all victims of sexual assault, abuse and intimate partner violence,” Gascón continued. “We understand how difficult it may be to come forward as a victim, especially when the case involves this level of notoriety, and are dedicated to treating all victims with the highest levels of care and respect.”

The district attorney concluded, “Once we have received the case, it will be carefully evaluated by an experienced prosecutor to determine if it is appropriate to file charges at this time. We are hopeful that the LASD will present the case to us sometime this month.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department opened its investigation after Evan Rachel Wood accused Marilyn Manson of abuse. Investigators explained that they were looking into “incidents [that] occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood.” In November 2021, the department executed a search warrant on an address associated with Manson.

Manson is currently facing a federal lawsuit from actress Esmé Bianco, who accused the musician of sexual assault and sexual battery. Manson is also suing Evan Rachel Wood for defamation.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, we encourage you to reach out for support:

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline 
1 800 656 HOPE (4673)

Crisis Text Line (chat support)
SMS: Text “HERE” to 741-741

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