In the wake of yesterday’s allegations, American singer, songwriter, and record producer, Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner), has released a statement of his own denying the accusations of abuse levelled against him and referring to them as “horrible distortions of reality.”
A statement released yesterday by one of Manson’s former partners, the actor Evan Rachel Wood, appeared on social media detailing an abusive relationship. “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood wrote in her statement. “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.”
Wood, who is now aged 33, dated Manson when she was 18-years-old and the singer at the time was 36. Wood has previously voiced her accusations, however, this time her statement is supported by at least four other women who have detailed other examples of abuse against the cult music figure.
Manson has since taken to Instagram to deny the allegations, in a brief post that read, “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. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misinterpret the past. That is the truth.”
In the past, Manson and his representatives have profoundly denied allegations of abuse made against him. Following rumours that circulated after Wood had given testimony about an abusive relationship, she was in for several years with an unnamed man she met as a teenager.
The couple started dating in 2007, before a 2010 engagement that was called off that same year.