Marilyn Manson has finally addressed the barrage of abuse accusations levelled against him on Monday night by Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood and four other women.
The women had alleged that Manson mistreated them for years, including sexual abuse and emotional abuse, as well as violence, locking them in rooms and preventing them from sleeping. Similar claims have been made about Manson in the past, but these are the biggest and most comprehensive claims yet.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Manson said in a statement posted to Instagram.
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners
“Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
Manson has also disabled comments on all his posts.
In the wake of the allegations on Monday, even more women have come forward with their own stories. Manson was also dropped by his label, Loma Vista Recordings.
Wood has also since shared a letter to from Californian Senator Susan Rubio to the FBI and acting US Attorney General asking them to meet with the five alleged survivors. It was sent on January 21, over a week before the accusations became public.
While parts of the letter have been redacted (likely for legal reasons) it clearly mentioned “multiple allegations” against “Marilyn Manson, also known as Brian Hugh Warner“.
“If these allegations are true, and no investigation is undertaken, we will be failing the victims and allowing a possible perpetrator to continue abusing unsuspecting victims,” the letter read.
“This must not be allowed to happen.”
Manson has denied similar accusations in the past, but this week’s claims marks the most serious push to date for the claims to be investigated by the authorities.
At the very least, the movement is giving other survivors the confidence to now speak up.
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