Rock singer Marilyn Manson has been ordered to pay the legal fees of his former partner, actress Evan Rachel Wood, after the defamation lawsuit against the actress was dismissed – reports euronews.
As we reported in our September article, Manson has been accused of sexual assault by multiple people, including former actress Evan Rachel Wood.
Manson alleged in his lawsuit that Wood “recruited, coordinated and pressured” women to make false claims about the musician. Last May, we reported that Manson's defamation lawsuit had been dismissed by a Los Angeles judge.
Manson – whose real name is Brian Warner – was ordered to pay $300,000 (106,637,106 Hungarian forints) to the Westworld star. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teresa A. Beaudet, returned the property at a court hearing on January 29, Rolling Stone reports.
Manson's lawsuit against Wood focuses on Phoenix Rising, a two-part documentary about the singer and his alleged bouts of abuse, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Manson's lawsuit comes a year after Wood, 35, publicly accused her ex-fiancé on social media in 2021 of regularly abusing her during their 2007-2010 relationship. In 2017, Wood told a congressional committee that she had been repeatedly raped and assaulted, but did not name the alleged attacker.
Manson was dropped by his record label and CAA after Wood's allegations.
The singer said the allegations are “horrible distortions of reality” and has repeatedly denied Wood's allegations, as well as all other allegations that he abused more than a dozen women.
The trial was scheduled for May 1.