L.A. County Sheriff’s investigators raided Marilyn Manson’s home on Monday morning, a source in the Department tells Rolling Stone. The news comes on the heels of Rolling Stone‘s exposé on the singer, whose real name is Brian Warner, and his alleged sexual abuse of multiple women, some of whom accused him of locking women in a soundproof room. Several lawsuits are pending.
Special Victims Unit investigators searched for belongings in connection to the sexual assault allegations against him between 2009 and 2011. “What I can confirm is there was a search warrant that was served this morning,” an L.A. County Sheriff’s source said. “It’s confirmed it was [Warner’s] address, his location. It was a search warrant for his belongings.”
“On November 29th, 2021, at 7:00 AM, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau served a search warrant at Mr. Warner’s Hollywood area home as part of the ongoing investigation,” the department said in a press release on Tuesday. “Mr. Warner was not home at the time of the warrant service. During the search, detectives seized items such as media storage devices.” The department added that the investigation remains active.
“Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau toll free tip line at (877) 710-5273 or by email at email@example.com.” Reps for Manson did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
In Rolling Stone‘s exposé, several women including model Ashley Morgan Smithline, said they were forced to stay in the soundproofed space, which was described as the size of a department-store dressing room, for hours. Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco alleges that Warner frequently abused her verbally; deprived her of sleep and food; bit, cut, electrocuted, and whipped her without her consent; and raped her during their two years together.
“My clients continue to fully support the LASD in its ongoing investigation and applaud this latest step towards making sure Brian Warner is held to account,” Jay Ellwanger, the attorney representing Bianco and Smithline, tells Rolling Stone.
Additional reporting by Nancy Dillon