Content warning: This article contains references to sexual assault.
Marilyn Manson has released a statement today after multiple allegations of abuse were levelled against him this week by five women, including actress Evan Rachel Wood.
Yesterday, in a post on Instagram, Wood accused Manson, who is her ex-partner, of “horrific” abuse over a period of years. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission,” Wood wrote.
“I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.
She also shared statements by four other women of similar allegations of abuse by Manson, with some alleging physical threats, rape, “torture tactics” and more.
Today, Manson has denied those allegations, labelling them “horrible distortions of reality.”
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners,” he continues in a statement also posted to Instagram. “Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
Earlier today, Manson was dropped by his record label Loma Vista Recordings. In a statement given to Pitchfork, the label said, “In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately.
“Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732.
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