Marilyn Manson responds to rape allegations against bassist Twiggy Ramirez

Marilyn Manson has said he is “saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress” after hearing the rape allegations made against his longtime bass player Twiggy Ramirez.

Ramirez (born Jeordie White), has been accused in a detailed statement by Jessicka Addams, the lead singer of a band called Jack Off Jill, claiming that Ramirez became increasingly physical during a time the two were dating in the ’90s 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.”

[MORE] – Read the full details of the rape allegation made against Twiggy Ramirez, here. 

Now, in response to the news, Manson has shared his feelings in a statement addressing the accusations.

“I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend,” he said. “I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.”

White left Manson’s band in 2002 before returning in 2008.