Marilyn Manson is responding to abuse claims made by ex Evan Rachel Wood.
In the wake of the allegations, Marilyn has been dropped by his record label, Loma Vista, as well as a few TV projects.
via Page Six:
“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,” Loma Vista said in a statement to Variety on Monday. “Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
On Monday night, Manson responded to the allegations in a post on Instagram.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” he wrote. “My intimate relationships have always been consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
Earlier on Monday, Wood, 33, named Brian Warner — a k a the 52-year-old Manson — as her “abuser” in an Instagram post.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” the “Westworld” star wrote. “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.”
Manson had a recurring role as a rocker in the Starz series “American Gods” in the show’s current third season, but the network has decided to “remove” his character from Episode 7, which is currently being edited and is his one remaining episode this season.
“Due to the allegations made against Marilyn Manson, we have decided to remove his performance from the remaining episode he is in, scheduled to air later this season,” the network said in a statement to The Post. “Starz stands unequivocally with all victims and survivors of abuse.”
He will not appear again in the series.
In addition, The Wrap reported Monday that an episode of the Shudder series “Creepshow” that contains Manson will no longer air.
Manson’s talent agents from CAA did not respond to The Post’s repeated requests for comment.
Meanwhile, California State Sen. Susan Rubio reportedly had previously sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and FBI Director Christopher Wray encouraging an investigation into allegations against Manson. A spokesperson for the senator supplied a copy of the letter, dated Jan. 21, to Vanity Fair, which published it Monday.
“Since some of the alleged cases against Mr. Warner are from California, I am especially alarmed. Individuals who engage in this kind of abuse are often serial offenders,” the letter read in part. “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. That must not be allowed to happen.”
Wood started a relationship with Manson when she was a teen, although they didn’t go public about it until she was 19. They dated on-and-off before getting engaged in January 2010, but split later that year.
In 2009, Manson alluded to dark thoughts about his rocky relationship with Wood in an interview with Spin magazine. He talked of phoning her 158 times after a breakup and committing self-harm with a razor blade — and then allegedly suggested he wanted her to see his pain and wanted to hurt her in return.
“I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, ‘I want you to physically see what you’ve done,’?” he said in the interview. “But that damage is part of it, and the song ‘I Want To Kill You Like They Do in the Movies’ is about my fantasies. I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”
Wood had previously spoken about an allegedly abusive relationship in 2016 but did not name her abuser at the time. She also publicly supported California legislation which sought to increase the statute of limitations on domestic violence cases to five years, from three.
“I mustered the courage to leave several times, but he would call my house incessantly and threaten to kill himself,” Wood said in her 2018 testimony on Capitol Hill in support of the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill. “On one occasion, I returned to try and defuse the situation, he cornered me in our bedroom, and asked me to kneel. Then he tied me up by my hands and feet. Once I was restrained he beat me and shocked sensitive parts of my body with a torture device called a violet wand. To him it was a way for me to prove my loyalty. The pain was excruciating. It felt like I left my body and a part of me died that day.”
We stand with Evan.