The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Friday said it declined a number of sexual assault cases brought forth during the #MeToo movement last fall and spring.
Girls writer Murray Miller was accused of sexual assault in November. The district attorney declined that case due to “inconsistencies that cannot be overcome” concerning statements made by parties interviewed by investigators, according to the court filing from the D.A.’s office.
Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Warner, had a police report filed against him in May for unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011. The district attorney declined that case because the statute of limitations had expired and “absence of corroboration,” according to the court filing.
Manson’s attorney, Howard E. King, Esq., said Friday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “Under current policy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney must investigate any claim of sexual abuse, no matter how outlandish. It is not surprising that the District Attorney, after investigation, summarily rejected the claims made in a police report filed by a former acquaintance against Brian Warner p/k/a Marilyn Manson. The allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied by Mr. Warner and are either completely delusional or part of a calculated attempt to generate publicity for the claimant’s business of selling Manson memorabilia. The police report that spurred the investigation was accompanied by the woman’s press release and other attempts to generate publicity that fraudulently claimed she was held captive by Mr. Warner for 48 hours in 2011. Any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false.”
The district attorney’s office also declined a sexual assault case against rapper and designer ASAP Bari, born Jabari Shelton, who was accused in November. The reporting party later told investigators she did not want to proceed with the case.
A number of other high-profile cases are still under consideration by the district attorney’s office, including those involving Harvey Weinstein and Steven Seagal.