5. Whereas at first I knew Mr. Warner didn’t do these items to me, I ultimately I started to query whether or not he truly did. On quite a few events, I used to be instructed by Ms. Wooden, Esme Bianco and others that these items occurred to Ms. Wooden and Ms. Bianco; requested whether or not the identical issues occurred to me; and instructed that I could be misremembering what occurred, repressing my reminiscences of what occurred, or that my reminiscences had not but surfaced—which they mentioned occurred to folks in opposition to whom these acts had been perpetrated. I used to be requested whether or not I used to be repressing reminiscences to only get by way of day-to-day life, and whether or not it was simpler simply to not take into consideration what truly occurred than settle for actuality. In addition they mentioned it was essential for folks to return ahead in order that nobody else will get harm.
6. I additionally recall that in one of many group conferences I attended with Ms. Wooden and Ms. Gore, Ms. Gore mentioned they might organize safety for anybody who felt in peril from Mr. Warner. I recall that Ms. Bianco mentioned throughout this dialogue that personal investigators had been parked outdoors of her home and possibly had been parked outdoors of mine. I additionally had separate conversations with Ms. Bianco throughout this time interval wherein she instructed me her relationship with Mr. Warner was much like that described by Ms. Wooden. She insisted that I used to be repressing reminiscences like she and different supposed victims of Mr. Warner had executed.
7. Ultimately, I began to consider that what I used to be repeatedly instructed occurred to Ms. Wooden and Ms. Bianco additionally occurred to me.
8. In or round January 2021, I attended a name on which Ms. Wooden mentioned that on a sure day she would put up to her social media naming Mr. Warner as her abuser, and that all of us ought to do the identical on or across the similar day. I mentioned with Ms. Gore making such an announcement on my Instagram web page accusing Mr. Warner of abuse. Ms. Gore drafted the assertion, and I gave her my password to put up it. The narrative finally posted to my account on or round February 1, 2021 contained unfaithful statements about Mr. Warner, together with that there was violence and non-consensual sexual exercise in our temporary relationship, and that I had repressed reminiscences of the identical. As one other instance, there was no branding or slicing skilled through the temporary relationship and positively no “Marilyn Manson” initials carved on my physique.
9. On June 29, 2021, a criticism was filed within the lawsuit Ashley Lindsay Morgan Smithline v. Brian Warner et al., Case No. 2:21-cv-5289. The criticism was filed by my lawyer on the time, Jay Ellwanger. Ms. Bianco instructed me Mr. Ellwanger was her lawyer and that I ought to use him. Mr. Ellwanger didn’t evaluate the contents of the criticism with me earlier than submitting it and didn’t ship me a draft of the criticism to approve earlier than submitting it. The criticism contained unfaithful statements about Mr. Warner, together with that there was violence and non-consensual sexual exercise in our temporary relationship, and that I had repressed reminiscences of the identical till assembly with Ms. Wooden, Ms. Gore, and others in 2020. Main as much as the submitting of the criticism, I felt pressured by Mr. Ellwanger to go on a press tour, which included an interview on The View and an interview and photoshoot with Individuals journal. I used to be very uncomfortable doing this press however felt pressured to do it.
10. After the lawsuit was filed on my behalf, I fired Mr. Ellwanger, and the case was dismissed. I by no means obtained any cash from Mr. Warner and am not searching for any cash from him. I’ve no intention of refiling any lawsuit in opposition to Mr. Warner.
11. I by no means supposed to pursue felony expenses in opposition to Mr. Warner and don’t have any intention now of ever pursuing felony expenses, as Mr. Warner didn’t ever assault or abuse me.
12. Wanting again, I really feel I used to be manipulated by Ms. Wooden, Ms. Gore, Ms. Bianco, and Mr. Ellwanger to unfold publicly false accusations of abuse in opposition to Mr. Warner.
I declare underneath penalty of perjury underneath the legal guidelines of the State of California that the foregoing is true and proper.
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