Shock rocker Marilyn Manson reportedly had a small, soundproof glass enclosure called the Bad Girls’ Room in his West Hollywood apartment that he used to lock up women he was dating.
According to an expose from Rolling Stone, several women who have dated Manson over the years said he used the space as a ‘solitary confinement cell, used to psychologically torture women.’
The existence of the room was an open secret, they allege, with Manson telling his friends about the room.
‘He always had a joking, bragging tone,’ said Ashley Walters, his former assistant who has accused him of sexual assault.
But those who were allegedly locked inside told Rolling Stone they would be stuck inside the soundproof enclosure for hours on end without access to food or water.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, is now facing three sexual assault lawsuits, with many more women claiming he sexually assaulted and psychologically abused them.
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, reportedly has a soundproof, glass enclosure in his West Hollywood apartment that he used to lock up women
According to Rolling Stone, the room was originally meant to be a vocal booth.
It was installed by a former tenant of the West Hollywood apartment – a label and recording studio specializing in electronic music – a decade before the rocker moved in.
The recording studio had reportedly built the cramped, glass enclosure in a corner of a room with the goal of making ‘up-tempo, life-affirming’ house music, the outlet reports, and the only adornment was some foam soundproofing on the walls.
But when Manson moved in in 2010, he reportedly converted the space into what sources called the ‘Bad Girls Room,’ where he would lock up women he was upset with.
‘It was common knowledge, that’s what everybody had called it,’ another former assistant, Ryan Brown, told Rolling Stone, though he denied ever seeing a woman locked inside.
In May, model Ashley Morgan Smithline told People he locked her in the room when she ‘pissed him off.’
Singer Phoebe Bridgers also wrote in a tweet in February that when she visited his home as a teenager, he referred to one of the rooms as the ‘rape room,’ which she said she thought at the time was a ‘horrible frat boy sense of humor.’
And even Manson, himself, had previously admitted to having such a room, Rolling Stone reports, saying in a magazine interview in 2012: ‘If anyone’s bad, I can lock them in it and it’s soundproof.’
Now, Ashley Morgan Smithline, who is suing the singer for sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment, is alleging Manson repeatedly forced her to stay in the enclosure – about the size of a department store dressing room – for hours at a time when they were dating.
‘At first, he made it sound cool,’ she told Rolling Stone. ‘Then he made it sound very punitive. Even if I was screaming, no one would hear me.’
As she tells it: ‘First you fight, and he enjoys the struggle. I learned to not fight it because that was giving him what he wanted.
‘I just went somewhere else in my head.’
Rolling Stones’ investigation was based on nine months of researching court documents and interviews with 55 people who knew Manson at various points in his life.
Both model Ashley Morgan Smithline and Manson’s former assistant, Ashley Walters, have spoken publicly about the alleged ‘Bad Girls’ Room’
Singer Phoebe Bridgers tweeted back in February that when she was a teenager he referred to a room in his house as the ‘rape room’
Over the past year, more than a dozen women have come forward accusing Manson of psychological, sexual and physical abuse that left them with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and PTSD.
They claim he ‘was able to hide his abuses in plain sight behind the Marilyn Manson character he created and the music industry that supported, and profited, from his living-demon shtick,’ Rolling Stone wrote.
He is now facing three lawsuits, one filed by model Ashley Morgan Smithline and Manson’s former assistant Ashley Walters.
Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco is also suing Manson, claiming he physically and sexually assaulted her, and he was named as an abuser by actress Evan Rachel Wood, who he dated and was briefly engaged to from 2007 to 2010.
A fourth lawsuit filed against him in May was dismissed by a judge in mid September as the court ruled the statute of limitations had passed on the woman’s claims.
That accuser claimed she had repressed her memories of the alleged rape (which occurred in 2011) but the judge dismissed the lawsuit ‘because the woman couldn’t specify how her memory was repressed, or why she didn’t learn of it earlier,’ according to TMZ.
Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco is suing Manson, claiming he physically and sexually assaulted her
Actress Evan Rachel Wood has also spoken about the alleged abuse she endured when dating Manson
In her lawsuit, Bianco alleges Warner frequently abused her verbally; deprived her of sleep and food; bit, cut and electrocuted her without her consent; and raped her during their two years together.
She alleges that Manson once wielded an ax and chased her around the apartment, smashing holes in the walls after saying she was ‘crowding him.’
‘That was a final straw moment for me,’ said Bianco, who is suing Manson for sexual assault and sex trafficking.
She said she felt ‘in imminent danger for [her] life.’
The rocker has staunchly denied all allegations of sexual assault, and referred to the claims in an Instagram post back in February as ‘horrible distortions of reality’ that misrepresent consensual relationships with ‘like-minded partners.’
In a statement to Rolling Stone, his attorney said Manson ‘vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone.’
The statement reportedly goes on to denounce the accusers’ allegations as ‘part of a coordinated attack by former partners and associates of Mr. Warner who have weaponized the otherwise mundane details of his personal life and their consensual relationships.’
Manson turned himself into police in July after a warrant was issued for his arrest over an incident in 2019 where he allegedly spat at female videographer and blew a ‘snot rocket’ at her
He has repeatedly denied the assault allegations against him
In July Manson turned himself into police after a warrant was issued for his arrest over an incident in 2019 where he allegedly spat at female videographer and blew a ‘snot rocket’ at her.
The rocker allegedly spat at the videographer before blowing his nose ‘at her’ during a concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, and the testimony was corroborated by three others including a security guard at the event.
Manson handed himself over to officials and was booked and released shortly afterwards on personal recognizance bail, the conditions of his release stating that he won’t commit any crimes while on release, won’t have any contact with the alleged victim, and will appear at all of his court hearings.
In a September court hearing he pleaded not guilty to two counts of Class A misdemeanor simple assault. He faces a potential jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum fine of $2,000.
A case status hearing has been scheduled for December 27.