Is LA DA George Gascon obstructing justice in a criminal investigation? Is a LA judge denying Marilyn Manson is Constitutional right to a Fair Trial?
Let’s review the timeline!
Whether you believe the women who have made claims against him or Brian Warner p/k/a Marilyn Manson’s denial of all allegations against him — there’s a situation taking place in LA County that relates to both.
To understand what’s happening, we have to first travel back to February 2021.
THE STARTING POINT
Beginning on Feb. 1, 2021, multiple women including actress Evan Rachel Wood, pop singer Chloe Black, actress Esme Bianco and a former personal assistant Ashley Walters reported claims of abuse they suffered from Manson allegedly in 2010 and 2011 in LA. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. opened a criminal case to closely investigate and evaluate all their alarming claims.
Manson was not long after on the receiving end of four civil lawsuits relating to these claims of abuse from 2011:
- APR 30, 2021: Esme Bianco lawsuit
- MAY 18, 2021: Ashley Walters lawsuit
- MAY 18, 2021: Jane Doe lawsuit
- JUNE 29, 2021: Ashley Smithline lawsuit
Summer rolled along with the civil cases getting representation in place but there was no update on the criminal case that was opened against Manson in Feb. 2021.
Clearly frustrated, actress Evan Rachel Wood took to her Instagram account on Oct. 5, 2021 to urge her followers to contact the county and demand an update on what was happening in the criminal case against Brian Warner/Manson.
Actress Esme Bianco echoed Evan’s frustration on Nov. 15, 2021 when she asked her Twitter followers as well to contact the county for information on her case.
A couple weeks after the women’s public please, the LA Sheriff’s Dept. took public action in their criminal investigation. They raided Marilyn Manson’s private residence on Nov. 29, 2021 as well as a nearby storage unit. With a warrant in hand, the Sheriff’s Dept. seized multiple devices, hard drives and other related evidence that would aid in their investigation into the 2011 claims of sexual abuse, trafficking and more that the shock rocker was facing.
A week later — court documents were leaked to the DailyMail that show Evan Rachel Wood filed a forged FBI letter as “evidence” to support her false narrative in a custody dispute. The actress filed a letter containing the forged signature of Los Angeles-based federal agent Elizabeth Farrell and name of Tampa-based federal agent Michele Langer in court after circulating it to at least one of her attorneys and ex-husband and father to her son.
While on a separate issue, the judge in that family court case questioned the authenticity of Evan Rachel Wood’s letter for the “FBI” and in an attempt to appease them — she provided a letter from the LA District Attorney’s office as a replacement.
CRIMINAL CASE UPDATE FINALLY COMES IN 2022
Over the course of many more months, the LA Sheriff’s Dept. continued their investigation into Marilyn Manson and conducted countless interviews with multiple witnesses in connection to the claims lodged by Esme Bianco, Chloe Black, Ashley Walters and Evan Rachel Wood. Updates to the public were silent.
There were rumors in May 2022 that the investigators found no cause for criminal charges but no official public update came from the LA Sheriff’s Dept.
But when the LA DA George Gascon hosted a Q&A session late that summer – a Manson-supporter asked for an update on what was happening with the case. George Gascon responded with a Sept. 12, 2022 video response explaining that the investigation was still in the hands of the LA Sheriff’s Dept. but would be thoroughly reviewed when received.
Word must’ve gotten around because this video response prompted the LA Sheriff’s Dept. to shortly after turnover the Manson case file and all supporting evidence to the District Attorney’s office for review and a decision on criminal charges.
CIVIL CLAIM HANGUPS
Launching civil claims for damages shortly after a criminal investigation began into Marilyn Manson began to understandably pose an issue in civil court. Determining cause for criminal charges and monetary damages relied on the same evidence and come December 2022 — that evidence was in the hands of LA DA George Gascon.
In Esme Bianco’s case, she requested that Manson turn over to her full access to all his communications and devices from the 2011 time period when she claims she was abused. The devices remained under lock and key with the DA, though, and there was no reasonable way for Manson to comply with her discovery request.
At a crossroads, Manson’s counsel petitioned the court on Dec. 15, 2022 to temporarily delay Esme Bianco’s civil case to allow time for the LA DA to thoroughly review all evidence, make an appropriate decision on charges and make accessible their evidence to Bianco so the civil court if Bianco was entitled to the $10 million in damages she sought. To support their argument, the provided case law citing a mandatory rule that criminal cases take precedent over civil claims.
Ultimately, however — Bianco and Manson settled out of court shortly after so the discovery hang up relating to Manson’s 2011 hard drives became a moot point.
JANE DOE TRIAL APPROACHES
10 months after the criminal case was turned over toe LA DA George Gascon, there was no action or announcement on charges against Marilyn Manson.
This created a situation of history repeating with the evidence that remained in their hands not being accessible for review by civil court. As an Oct. 3 start date for trial approached, both Jane Doe and Manson filed a joint request in LA Superior Court on July 13, 2023 asking for a delay of trial until the District Attorney’s office made a formal decision on charges.
With both parties in agreement asking to delay trial – it was a shock when LA Superior Court Judge George Keosian denied their motion and ruled that Manson would have to go to trial with no access to the communications and hard drives deemed important in the criminal investigation on 2011 claims.
Giving it the old college try — Manson’s counsel tried again with an Aug. 16 application to delay the trial. Honorable George Keosian again denied the request and ruled that the trial would start on October 3, 2023 no matter the status of the criminal case
As the clock ticks down to jury selection in the Jane Doe trial, questions loom — is justice being served?
Is LA DA George Gascon Obstructing Justice?
The Oct. 3 start date a civil trial approaches with no access to evidence relevant for the criminal investigation.
Is LA DA George Gascon obstructing justice and sitting on evidence that Manson has abused women? Gascon’s public record shows him as a fierce advocate for those who have been victimized by domestic or sexual violence. Why the lack of action, here?
Review the full timeline leading up to this point and additional info, below.
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* Last update provided by LA DA George Gascon on Sept. 12, 2022. The case into Esme Bianco, Chloe Black, Ashley Walters and Evan Rachel Wood’s claims of abuse by Marilyn Manson has been in his hands for a year now with no charges or update.
— Justice for Marilyn Manson 🌹📈 (@standwithmanson) August 21, 2023