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Marilyn Manson: the sexual assault allegations

Updated: Feb 27

Last week sh*t really hit the fan for Marilyn Manson, after Rachel Wood came out with sexual assault allegations on her Instagram. Since then at least six other women came out with allegations of sexual assault, with shocking details painting an "Dr. Evil" like sexual predator image of the already controversial artist. Artists and businesses are now cutting ties with Manson left and right, shattering the career of rock’s most recognizable (and creepy) figures.

Manson, born Brian Warner, established himself as a controversial figure from the start, taking the moniker that combined the names of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and convicted murderer and cult leader Charles Manson. The allegations that have surfaced since Monday, accused Manson of grooming, abuse and manipulation with things like; up-skirt filming at festivals and allegations of a "rape room" in his mansion finishing off the psycho image of the rockstar. The allegations have turned Marlin Manson - hollywoods' creepiest man - into a true psychopath in the eyes of the public.


It all started on on Monday (Feb. 1), when actress Evan Rachel Wood came out in a statement posted on her Instagram account. The post said;

"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent."

The actress first spoke out in late 2016 to say that she has been raped twice, identifying one of her abusers only as a "significant other at the time". In the interview and then-public letter with Rolling Stone, she told how she got abused by her significant other while they were together, detailing how her past assaults were "one of the many factors" that contributed to the attempt to take her own life at age 22.


Manson has a police report filed against him for unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011. But the case at the time was declined by the district attorney, citing that the statute of limitations had expired and an "absence of corroboration," according to the court filing. At the time, Manson's attorney, Howard E. King, Esq., also denied the claims in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.


Luckily, this time, in response to Wood's social media post on Monday, at least six other women came forward with allegations of similarly horrifying accounts of abuse against Manson. Here are excerpts from other statements that named Manson:


ASHLEY WALTERS

“I continue to suffer from PTSD, and struggle with depression. I stayed in touch with quite a few people who went through their own traumas, under his control. As we all struggled, as survivors do, to get on with our lives, I’d keep hearing stories disturbingly similar to our own experiences. It became clear the abuse he’s caused; he continues to inflict on so many and I cannot stand by and let this happen to others. Brian Warner needs to be held accountable.”

SARAH MCNEILLY

“I have been afraid to bring any spotlight upon myself as to avoid winding up in his crosshairs again. As a result of the way he treated me, I suffer from mental health issues and PTSD that have affected my personal and professional relationships, self-worth and personal goals. I believe he gets off on ruining people’s lives. I stand in support of all that have and all will come forward. I want to see Brian held accountable for his evil.”

ASHLEY LINDSAY MORGAN

“I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD. I try to wash constantly to get him out or off of me…. I am coming forward so he will finally stop.”

PHOEBE BRIDGERS

I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends. I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the “r*pe room”, I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humor. I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward.

ELLIE ROSWELL (Wolf Alice)

“I met Marilyn backstage at a festival a few years ago,” she wrote. “After his compliments towards my band became more and more hyperbolic I became suspicious of his behaviour. I was shocked to look down and see he was filming up my skirt with a gopro.

Among the people to speak out in support of Wood and the other women on Monday was Manson's former fiancee, Rose McGowan, who posted a statement on Twitter that read, in part:

“I stand with Evan Rachel Wood and other brave women who have come forward.”

Next to that, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has issued a statement denouncing his former friend and collaborator Marilyn Manson. In his statement, Reznor distanced himself from Manson and the allegations, saying he cut ties with Manson more than two decades ago and has been critical of him since.

“I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago,”

The statement, provided to Pitchfork, comes in response to an excerpt from Manson’s 1998 autobiography The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, which had been circulating online. In the book, co-authored by Neil Strauss, Manson described how in the ’90s, he and Reznor had allegedly physically and sexually assaulted an inebriated woman. The passage was reportedly originally from an unpublished 1995 interview in Empyrean Magazine.

“As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.”

Former band member, and Limp Bizkit guitarist, Wes Borland also came outing out on Twitch with a statement, branding him a “bad guy” in the wake of new abuse allegations. Borland was a member of Manson’s live band for less than a year in 2008, and has now said that he believes the accusations. Borland said:

“He’s not a great guy and every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true… They are speaking the truth.”

He added that Manson is;

“amazingly talented’ but stressed he was “fucked up and he needs to be put in check and he needs to get sober and he needs to come to terms with his demons.”
“He is a bad fucking guy.”

Since Wood and the other women’s allegations were first made public, Manson has been dropped by his record label Loma Vista and his longterm manager Tony Ciulla. He has also been axed from his TV projects and will no longer appear in American Gods or the Creepshow anthology.


Overall the various allegations paint a very creepy/psychopath picture of one of rock’s most recognizable figures. Luckily, California State Senator Susan Rubio has already called for a Department of Justice and FBI investigation into the shock-rocker.


The creepy rockstar - of course - denied all claims in a statement Monday. Calling them "horrible distortions of reality".

 

Sources: Billboard | Billboard | Billboard | NME | NME | NME | NME | Vanity Fair

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