Marilyn Manson’s ex-girlfriend said she believed the singer might try to kill her during their relationship.
Ashley Smithline opened up about the sexual, physical and psychological abuse she alleges to have faced during her relationship with Manson in an interview published Wednesday by People magazine. Manson denies all the allegations.
“I survived a monster,” Smithline told the outlet.
Ashley Morgan Smithline — one of 15 women who have accused Marilyn Manson of sexual, psychological and physical abuse — reveals the extent of the torture she says she survived at the hands of the metal rocker. Watch the full PeopleTV special: https://t.co/ypmmlpyj8x pic.twitter.com/fRtU8epZEs
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Smithline detailed physical abuse that included Manson allegedly biting her and whipping her. She also alleged the musician would lock her in a soundproof room made of glass whenever she “pissed him off.”
Smithline and Manson met after he offered her an acting role in a film. (RELATED: Marilyn Manson Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations As ‘Provably False’)
“He lured me in with this endless intelligence,” Smithline told People magazine.
“He seemed brilliant and I still think he is,” she reportedly added. “We talked about Nabokov and Tolstoy and foreign films and not in a pretentious ‘first year of film school’ way. In a way of really appreciating art and literature.”
“There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them,” Manson’s statement of denial said to People. “This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, didn’t last one week.”
“Obviously, my life and my art have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Manson said in the Instagram post at the time.
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”