Marilyn Manson has been dropped by his record label following allegations of abuse by Evan Rachel Wood and more wome who came forward in solidarity.
The news broke yesterday after activist and actor, Evan Rachel Wood, led the way with a social media statement. “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, started dating Manson when she was only 18-years-old and he was 36. While this is not the first time, Wood has voiced her accusations, this time her statement comes in solidarity with at least four other women who have detailed other examples of abuse.
Loma Vista Recordings have now revealed that they have stopped promoting Marilyn Manson’s music after Evan Rachel Wood accused him of abuse. The label had previously released Manson’s last two albums, 2017’s Heaven Upside Down and 2020’s WE ARE CHAOS.
The label explained to Pitchfork: “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.”
In 2018, Wood stated before a House Judiciary Subcommittee, testifying in an attempt to get the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights passed in all 50 states. At the time, she said: “Toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse which started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body.” However, when speaking to the committee in 2018, she did not name her abuser.
In the wake of the ‘Me Too’ movement, according to an article published in The Hollywood Reporter, a police report was allegedly issued against Manson and detailed sex crimes which are said to have taken place in 2011. At that time, However, Manson’s attorney, Howard E. King, said that the “allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied by Mr. Warner and are either completely delusional or part of a calculated attempt to generate publicity.”
Adding: “Any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false.”
Late in 2020, Manson’s team also moved to issue a statement denying any allegations made by Wood, explaining: “Unfortunately, we live in a time where people believe what they read on the Internet, and feel free to say what they want with no actual evidence. The effects can be catastrophic and promoting non fact based information is wholly irresponsible.”
Manson has since commented on the allegations 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. 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.”