A sexual assault lawsuit filed against Marilyn Manson by his former assistant has been dismissed by a judge. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern threw out Ashley Walters‘ case “with prejudice,” which means that she will not be able to file the same claims in Los Angeles Superior Court again. According to reports from CBS News and Deadline, Stern said Walters had “too few facts” and pleaded “too late.”
Walters’ suit claimed Manson used “his position of power, celebrity and connections to exploit and victimize (her) during her employment” from August 2010 to October 2011. In the wake of the judge’s decision, Walters issued a statement to USA Today saying that she’s “disheartened in the court’s decision” because of “the message it sends to other survivors out there trying to balance how they process abuse with arbitrary court deadlines.”
Walters was fired by Manson in 2011 after accusing her of “trying to sabotage his career,” according to the lawsuit.
Manson still faces a number of sexual assault lawsuits from multiple women.