Marilyn Manson has responded to abuse claims from Evan Rachel Wood and four other women.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” he wrote in a statement shared on his Instagram. “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.”
Manson’s response comes after Wood shared an Instagram post in which she accused Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, of “horrifically” abusing her for years and said he began “grooming” her when she was a teenager. The actress was briefly engaged to Manson in 2010 after meeting him when she was 18 and he was 36.
“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,” she wrote.
In response to Wood’s social media post, four other women also came forward with abuse allegations against Manson.
Following the allegations from Wood and the others, Manson was dropped from his record label, Loma Vista Recordings, who told The Hollywood Reporter that it would no longer promote Manson’s recent album or work with him on future projects.
A segment of the Shudder series Creepshow that was set to star Manson in the upcoming season will not air, a spokesperson for AMC Networks confirmed Monday. Meanwhile, Starz’s American Gods, in which Manson had a short recurring role, will also not air one remaining upcoming episode until Manson’s character has been edited out.
“Due to the allegations made against Marilyn Manson, we have decided to remove his performance from the remaining episode he is in, scheduled to air later this season. Starz stands unequivocally with all victims and survivors of abuse,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement.
Mason’s former publicist, who stopped working with him in 2020, told THR, “TCB PR believes and supports survivors of abuse.”