In 2021, after rumors regarding the topic had swelled for some time, multiple women accused Marilyn Manson of sexual and other types of abuse.
Abuse Allegations against Marilyn Manson
Actress Evan Rachel Wood, a former fiancée of the musician, led the public charge against the rocker whose real name is Brian Warner. Subsequently, the singer known for his shock-rock persona as well as his music faced lawsuits from some accusers.
In February, on the same day Wood banded with at least four other women to publicize their accusations simultaneously in a show of strength, Manson released a statement refuting them.
“My art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” the musician 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.”
Wood claimed Manson “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.”
She added, “I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.” Those accusers each have a story that mirrors Wood’s in some way.
TIMELINE OF ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM
February 1998 – The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
Manson’s autobiography is littered with stories of the musician maltreating women and fans. Tales of his sexual escapades were framed in the context of consent, though the nature of the acts are vile and callous.
There are recounts of Manson burning off the pubic hair of “groupies” with a cigarette lighter, forcing a number of groupies to “confess their sins” whilst strapped to a makeshift torture device, encouraging his bandmates to take part in a game that involved spitting on groupies.
In chapter 13 of the book, Manson details an incident that took place in a Miami recording studio involving a deaf fan. The incident first saw Manson and his bandmates cover the woman in meat, Manson then asked bandmates Madonna Wayne Gacy and Twiggy Ramirez to scotch-tape their penises and challenge the woman to fit them both into her mouth, after having sex with multiple band members, Manson and another bandmate urinated on her.
Manson was involved in an altercation with then-executive editor of SPIN magazine. In a lawsuit, Marks alleged that Manson threatened to kill him and his family in a dispute over the magazine’s cover.
In a follow-up interview with Rolling Stone, Manson claimed that he “got arrested for putting a gun in the mouth of an editor of SPIN” and “hid from the law” at Trump Tower. He was not arrested, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.
Manson was charged with assault and sexual misconduct after allegedly rubbing his crotch on the head of a security guard in Detroit. Hep plead no contest to lesser charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery and received a $4,000 fine.
In December that year, Manson was also sued by a Minneapolis security guard, who claims the rocker did the same thing. A jury found Manson not liable in the suit, which alleged battery and emotional distress.
Manson is sued for wrongful death by the mother Jennifer Syme — partner to actor Keanu Reeves —who died in a car accident after he allegedly gave her drugs. Manson denies the claim that he provided Syme with drugs, citing that the suit was “completely without merit.”
“Manson believes that the lawsuit is completely unfounded and is investigating an immediate counter-suit against St. John for slander, harassment and abuse of the legal process,” A statement on Manson’s website read. “‘This lawsuit, which is completely without merit, will not bring back Jennifer’s life. It serves only to reopen the wounds and the pain felt by all who loved Jennifer. It is a pity that St. John sullies her own daughter’s reputation by filing this baseless claim.’”
“After Manson and his five guests finished an evening at the movies followed by a quiet get-together at his home, he made sure Syme received a safe ride home from a designated driver and went to sleep.”
In an infamous interview with SPIN, Manson says he self-harmed following his breakup with Evan Rachel Wood, relaying fantasies he had about hurting her. “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer,” he is quoted.
In an interview with Metal Hammer in November last year, Manson was asked about Wood’s domestic abuse testimonies. The singer reportedly responded by hanging up the phone.
Following the interview, Manson’s team released a statement claiming the “sledgehammer” comment was “obviously a theatrical rock star interview promoting a new record, and not a factual account. The fact that Evan and Manson got engaged six months after this interview would indicate that no one took this story literally.”
In a since-deleted blogpost, Manson threatened violence against music journalists. “I am far different than the soon-to-be-murdered-in-their-home press has decided to fabricate,” he wrote at the time. “If one more ‘journalist’ makes a cavalier statement about me and my band, I will personally or with my fans’ help, greet them at their home and discover just how much they believe in their freedom of speech.”
The first time Evan Rachel Wood acknowledges being raped “by a significant other while we were together” in an interview with Rolling Stone. The interview saw her divulge that she experienced “physical, psychological, [and] sexual” abuse at the hands of a partner. Though she did not identify the names of her abuser.
October 2017: Manson’s longtime bassist, Twiggy Ramirez —real name Jeordie White—, is accused of rape by Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams.
Following the accusations coming to light, Manson, released a statement claiming “knew nothing about these allegations until very recently” and was “saddened” for the alleged survivor’s “obvious distress.”
After being fired from the Marilyn Manson fold, Ramirez released a statement claiming to have “only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago,” and maintains, “I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind.”
Evan Rachel Wood delivers a testimony before Congress, detailing her experience of sexual assault and domestic violence at the hands of an unidentified partner.
“My experience with domestic violence was this,” she says, “the 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.”
That same month, House actress Charlyne Yi accused Manson of harassing women and making constant racist comments on the set of the production.
In a since-deleted tweet that Manson was a “huge fan of the show,” and visited the cast whilst filming the final season, where he “harassed just about every woman asking us if we were going to scissor, rhino & called me a China man.”
“I genuinely hope he gets help,” she wrote.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office releases a court filing declining to pursue a case of alleged sexual assault against Manson. The district attorney declined the case because the statute of limitations had expired and “absence of corroboration,” according to the court filing.
“Under current policy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney must investigate any claim of sexual abuse, no matter how outlandish. It is not surprising that the District Attorney, after investigation, summarily rejected the claims made in a police report filed by a former acquaintance against Brian Warner p/k/a Marilyn Manson,” the singer’s attorney, Howard E. King, Esq., told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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 for the claimant’s business of selling Manson memorabilia.
“The police report that spurred the investigation was accompanied by the woman’s press release and other attempts to generate publicity that fraudulently claimed she was held captive by Mr. Warner for 48 hours in 2011. Any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false.”
On April 23, Evan Rachel Wood testifies in front of the California Senate Public Safety Committee, in support of the Phoenix Act.
The act, which was signed by Gavin Newsom October 7, extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence felonies from three to five years. It also requires police officers to undertake more training on intimate partner violence.
During her testament in front of the State Senate, Wood detailed that she had been groomed by an older man when she was 18.
“He cut me off from my close friends and family one by one, by exhibiting rage in some form or another when I was in contact with them,” she said during her testimony. “He had bouts of extreme jealousy, which would often result in him wrecking our home, cornering me in a room and threatening me.”
Wood detailed that her abuser left her terrified for her life, using techniques like starvation, sleep deprivation and threatening her life.
“The fear of being judged by society is debilitating and the fear of retaliation from my abuser is paralyzing,” she says. “I have been diagnosed with complex PTSD, including disassociation, panic attacks, night terrors, agoraphobia, impulse control, chronic pain in my body, among other symptoms.”
Wood releases her statement, identifying Marilyn Manson as her alleged abuser. Vanity Fair publishes accounts of four more women who detailed experiences of sexual assault, and harrassment with Manson.
Manson issues a statement denying the allegations. “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.”
Authorities search Manson’s home amid allegations of physical, sexual abuse
LOS ANGELES — Authorities searched the home of rocker Marilyn Manson on Monday after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Eva Jimenez said a search warrant was served on the home of Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner. She would give no further details.
The Sheriff’s Department said in February that its detectives had begun investigating Manson over reports of domestic violence between 2009 and 2011 in West Hollywood, where he lived at the time.
Marilyn Manson attends the Art of Elysium’s 13th annual Celebration – Heaven at Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Manson’s attorney Howard E. King declined immediate comment. Manson has denied the allegations, and King has called them “provably false.”
Manson emerged as a musical star in the mid-1990s, known as much for courting public controversy as for hit songs like “The Beautiful People” and hit album’s like 1996’s “Antichrist Superstar” and 1998’s “Mechanical Animals.”
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He got the name Marilyn Manson as a combination from the names of the movie star Marilyn Monroe and the psycho killer Charles Manson. The band’s name would later officially change to just Marilyn Manson, and most of the original band members would leave and be replaced, too.
Marilyn Manson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, writer, actor, and artist who has a net worth of $5 million. Known as one of the most controversial musical figures of all time, Manson backs up his reputation with nuanced, thought-provoking music
Manson has continued to release albums and tours, decades after he first debuted his stage performance. From the beginning, however, the star has been plagued by alarming allegations of abuse and misconduct.
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