Marilyn Manson Dropped By Label Following Abuse Allegations, Calls Recent Claims “Horrible Distortions of Reality”

    Marilyn Manson has been dropped by his record label, Loma Vista, following allegations of abuse made by several women, including Evan Rachel Wood. The label released Manson’s two most recent studio albums, 2017’s Heaven Upside Down and 2020’s WE ARE CHAOS.

    In a statement, Loma Vista wrote: “In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately. Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”

    In a statement posted on Instagram on Monday morning, Wood accused Manson of “grooming [her] when [she] was a teenager” and “horrifically abus[ing] [her] for years.” She continued: “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.”

    In addition to Wood’s statement, Vanity Fair also published statements from four more women who came forward about similar experiences with the musician.

    Manson has since taken to social media to deny 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,” he wrote in a statement. “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.”

    Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2016, Wood said she had suffered “physical, psychological, [and] sexual” abuse at the hands of an unnamed partner, and that she had been raped “by a significant other while we were together.” In 2018, Wood testified before a House Judiciary Subcommittee as part of an attempt to get the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights passed in all 50 states. The following year, she testified before California legislators in support of the Phoenix Act, which extends the statute of limitations for crimes involving domestic violence from three to five years. The act was passed 2019.

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    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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