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MARILYN MANSON LAWSUIT FILED BY FORMER ASSISTANT GETS TOSSED BY JUDGE

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.


RINGO STARR ANNOUNCES NFT COLLECTION

Ringo Starr is set to become the first Beatle to launch an NFT collection.

According to Billboard, the drummer announced the collection during a virtual press conference at Ontario, Canada's Casino Rama. The 81-year-old rockstar's collection will be comprised of digital artworks accompanied by signed canvas prints created by Starr.

The "Ringo Starr NFT Collection – The Creative Mind of a Beatle," is presented by Julien's Auctions and live bidding will take place on June 13th.


ABBA MAKES RARE PUBLIC APPEARANCE TOGETHER AT 'VOYAGE' VIRTUAL CONCERT

ABBA made a rare public appearance together on Thursday (May 26th) to walk the red carpet for the premiere of their virtual concert series celebrating Voyage.

According to Billboard, the foursome last made a public appearance in 2016 for a performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson's friendship.

Voyage marks the group's first release since 1981's The Visitors.


DEPECHE MODE'S ANDREW 'FLETCH' FLETCHER DEAD AT AGE 60

Depeche Mode founding member Andrew Fletcher has died at the age of 60.

The band announced on social media Thursday (May 26th), "We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy "Fletch" Fletcher. Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laughe, or a cold pint."

Fletcher once told us that there was time when he couldn't imagine a career that lasted a few years, let alone one that spanned decades with millions of fans spread across the globe: "I don't think we ever considered, really, that we were gonna last 20 years, two years, three years. I don't know. When we first started we were just having fun and it was a gradual thing. I mean, we were on Top Of The Pops -- a famous pop program in Britain -- and I was still at work at the time, y'know, which was a bit bizarre. That's what being on an independent label was about. So I sort of did Top Of The Pops to about half the population of the country and I went in to my work the next day."

AUDIO: DEPECHE MODE'S ANDREW FLETCHER ON LONGEVITY

YES DRUMMER, ALAN WHITE, DEAD AT THE AGE OF 72

Alan White, longtime drummer of Yes, died at the age of 72, following "a short illness."

The band wrote on Instagram Thursday, (May 26th) "The news has shocked and stunned the entire YES family. Alan had been looking forward to the forthcoming UK Tour, to celebrating his 50th Anniversary with YES and their iconic Close To The Edge album, where Alan's journey with YES began in July 1972."

In addition to being a member of Yes, the drummer has worked with artists like John Lennon, George Harrison, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Joe Cocker, Gary Wright, Doris Troy and Billy Preston.

The drummer once told us what it was like working with the two former Beatles. He said, "George was just a wonderful guy. Y'know, he told you to do certain things, whereas with John he used to tell me, 'Alan, whatever you're doing is great -- just keep doing it.' Y'know? And George would say, 'No, it would be good if we can kind of approach it this way.' But sometimes I'd play a song and he'd say, 'No, just keep doing that, that's great.' So as long as you came up with the right parts, you were fine. If not, I'd just listen to what he said and try to adjust it."

White was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as a member of Yes in 2017. The band announced that they will dedicate their 50th Anniversary Close to the Edge UK Tour in June to White.

AUDIO: ALAN WHITE ON JOHN LENNON AND GEORGE HARRISON IN THE STUDIO

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