Ashley Morgan Smithline Says She Thought Ex Marilyn Manson Was Going to Kill Her

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It is strange and somewhat disheartening that if someone asked you who the worst Manson was, you’d probably have to stop and think about it for a while. It used to be a no-brainer, right? “Worst Manson? The one who carved a swastika into his forehead and had an actress murdered.”

The horrific allegations of abuse against Marilyn Manson by multiple women have made him a strong contender, though. Ashley Morgan Smithline, one of Manson’s exes and alleged victims, told People she thought he was going to kill her during their time together.

“I survived a monster,” the 36-year-old tells PEOPLE in her first interview since naming Manson as her abuser in February in an Instagram statement.

Over the course of two years, Smithline says that along with being sexually assaulted by the rock star countless times, Manson, 52, bit her, whipped her, cut her with a swastika-emblazoned knife and shoved his fist in her mouth during sex. She says he also forced her to do a blood pact and that she was locked into what he called “the bad girls’ room,” a glass, soundproof room, whenever she “pissed him off.”

The one thing these allegations all have in common is the “bad girls’ room” thing. It creeps me out for a few reasons and is just plain weird. Adult women don’t need time-outs.

Manson denied these latest allegations through a spokesperson.

“There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them,” the statement reads. “This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, didn’t last one week.” (Smithline provided PEOPLE with emails and messages she says were from Manson that span more than two years.)

I’ve never seen someone get so scorched by a parenthetical statement before.

According to Smithline, Manson started sending her dozens of text messages at all hours of the day and night as things started to get “slowly more and more invasive.” While she was abroad, Smithline — who is of Jewish descent — says the rocker asked her to find Nazi memorabilia like throwing stars, knives and whips to bring back to him in L.A..

He was also really into the whole Nazi thing. There were definitely a lot of people at the time who adopted Nazi iconography just to be edgy, like one of the early episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Now Manson maintains that all the weird and creepy sex stuff he did was consensual, and people are into some pretty weird stuff sexually. I think we’ve all seen the video with the two girls and the cup. But that was fake and used chocolate and these women are accusing Manson of very real abuse, not a fun weird sex game.

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Jéssica de la Portilla Montaño
Jéssica de la Portilla Montaño
2 years ago

Marilyn Manson hasn’t killed any pregnant woman. Your comparison is lame.