Manson's home searched in abuse probe

Marilyn Manson is being investigated over reports of domestic violence between 2009 and 2011.
Marilyn Manson is being investigated over reports of domestic violence between 2009 and 2011.

Investigators have searched the home of rocker Marilyn Manson after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says a search warrant was served on the home of Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner.

The department said in February its detectives had begun investigating Manson over reports of domestic violence between 2009 and 2011 in West Hollywood, where he lived at the time.

The women involved were not identified, but several women have publicly alleged this year they were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by Manson around the time of the incidents under investigation, and some have filed lawsuits.

Manson's lawyer Howard E King declined immediate comment. Manson has denied the allegations, and King has called them "provably false".

The 52-year-old shock rocker's former fiancee, Westworld actor Evan Rachel Wood, named him as her abuser for the first time in an Instagram post in February.

Manson called Wood's statements "horrible distortions of reality".

In May, Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco sued Marilyn Manson in federal court, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Bianco says Manson violated human trafficking law by bringing her to California from England for non-existent roles in music videos and movies.

Manson deprived Bianco of food and sleep, locked her in a bedroom, whipped her, gave her electric shocks and threatened to enter her room and rape her during the night, the lawsuit alleges.

And Manson's former assistant accused him of sexual assault, battery and harassment in her own lawsuit, saying he used "his position of power, celebrity and connections to exploit and victimise during her employment".

Manson emerged as a musical star in the mid-1990s, known as much for courting public controversy as for hit songs like The Beautiful People and albums such as 1996's Antichrist Superstar and 1998's Mechanical Animals.

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