Marilyn Manson has taken the opportunity to speak out about his relationship with former bassist Twiggy Ramirez, who was sacked from the band after allegations of rape were brought forward.
Ramirez, born Jeordie White, was accused in a detailed statement by Jessicka Addams, the lead singer of Jack Off Jill, claiming that Ramirez became increasingly physical during a time the two were dating in the 1990s when she was just 18 years of age.
“He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck,” she wrote. “I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved.”
Now, Manson has suggested that it was not only Ramirez’s rape allegations that led him to eventually removing the bassist: “I did not divorce Twiggy as a friend or brother, because I still care about him greatly,” Manson told Kerrang.
“But I can’t say that my musical relationship with Twiggy has been good for several years. My relationship with Tyler Bates on [2015’s] The Pale Emperor made something open up in me and I didn’t want to let negative energy back in my life.”
“There were other people in my life that I thought were my friends that I had to cut out this year, a lot of betrayals that surprised me, and I had to clean house and adopt and new attitude,” he added.
“People mistook my kindness and generosity for weakness. So I kinda adapted this attitude, like, ‘If you fuck with me, there will be consequences.’ I have issues with intimacy. That might sound weird given that we’re lying in bed together, but y’know.”