Rose McGowan addresses abuse claims made against ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson
Rose McGowan has come forward to release a statement which addresses the allegations of abuse made against her former fiancé Marilyn Manson.
The news broke earlier this week after activist and actor, Evan Rachel Wood, led the way with a social media statement, detailing distressing accusations against Manson: “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. In response, after being dropped by his record label, Manson has denied all allegations made against him.
Now, Rose McGowan, who was engaged to Manson for two years but were a couple for around three-and-a-half years, has released a statement in support of the women. McGowan, of course, has been bravely battling through her own fight in recent years after emerging as a leading figure in the bid to bring convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein to justice.
“I am profoundly sorry to those who have suffered the abuse & mental torture of Marilyn Manson,” she wrote in a statement posted to social media.
“When I say Hollywood is a cult, I mean the Entertainment industry including the music industry is a cult,” she added. “Cult’s protect the rot at the top. Theirs is a sickness that must be stopped. The industrial fame complex chooses who they protect & who they’ll let be their victims. For profit.”
“And please don’t pull out the ‘why did they take so much time to come forward?’ question that shames victims/survivors, it’s what stops others from coming forward,” McGowan continued. “And to all of those who have covered for monsters, shame on you. Rise and say no more.”