Phoebe Bridgers has spoken about her personal experience of spending time in Marilyn Manson’s company in the wake of the many sexual abuse claims at the singer.
The news broke at the start of the week 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.
Since then, Manson has been axed from his acting roles and dropped by his label Loma Vista Recordings. The label had previously released Manson’s last two albums, 2017’s Heaven Upside Down and 2020’s WE ARE CHAOS.
Phoebe Bridgers has now taken to social media to speak about her experience in the company of Manson. “I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends,” Bridgers tweeted. “I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’, I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humour. I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward.”
She then added: “The label knew, management knew, the band knew. Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is fucking pathetic.”
Manson has since commented on the allegations from Wood on Instagram, but, has yet to speak about Bridgers’ comment. “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Manson said. “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.”