Nine Inch Nails maestro Trent Reznor has condemned his former collaborator Marilyn Manson in a brand new statement. Reznor’s comments come just days after Evan Rachel Wood and four other women came forward to accuse Manson of abuse.
Reznor’s statement is in response to a story from Manson’s 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. The horrifying tale recently re-emerged over social media and is Manson telling an anecdote about how he and Reznor allegedly physically and sexually assaulted an intoxicated woman in the 1990s. The Nine Inch Nails singer has disputed this story for years and has again questioned its validity.
Speaking to Pitchfork, Reznor disclosed: “I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.”
The book that featured the passage was co-authored with Neil Strauss and included numerous stories about Reznor. The Nine Inch Nails man signed Manson to his Nothing Records label and produced the band’s 1994 debut album, Portrait of an American Family.
The story in question was allegedly part of an unpublished interview with Empyrean Magazine, originally intended to run in the magazine in 1995. However, the publication held it back due to “content objections on the part of Empyrean’s publisher, Centaur Enterprises, which believed that the magazine had followed unethical interview procedures in order to extract information from Mr. Manson,” according to Manson and Strauss’ book.
This anecdote was Manson’s alleged response when asked how he started working with Reznor. The book states that this took place the night before Reznor informed Manson he wanted him to sign for Nothing Records.
Reznor then slammed Manson in an interview with Mojo in 2009: “He is a malicious guy and will step on anybody’s face to succeed and cross any line of decency. Seeing him now, drugs and alcohol now rule his life and he’s become a dopey clown.”
Manson told Zane Lowe in 2017 that they were back on good terms. “He’s the one who’s actually sent me an email, we had sort of mended ways after a long time through [Manson collaborator and producer] Tyler Bates strangely enough,” Manson said. “He goes and he said in the email something along the lines of, ‘It really pisses me off that music’s not dangerous anymore and it reminds me of how great you were and I was and the time, the era.'”
Following Wood’s allegations and Manson’s label dropping him, he denied the accusations in a statement: “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.”