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Marilyn Manson dropped by label following abuse allegations

By | Published on Tuesday 2 February 2021

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has denied accusations of abuse made against him by actor Evan Rachel Wood and four other women. Nonetheless, he was subsequently dropped by his label, Loma Vista Recordings.

Wood has spoken about abuse by an unnamed former partner for a number of years, but only yesterday named Manson as the perpetrator. In a post on Instagram, she said: “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson”.

“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years”, she went on. “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”.

Following this post, four other women also made allegations, catalogued by Vanity Fair.

Wood and Manson’s relationship became public in 2007, when she was nineteen and he was 36. They were briefly engaged in 2010, before splitting up the same year. Wood began speaking about being a survivor of physical and mental abuse in 2016, and it has long been believed that she was referring to Manson as her abuser.

Last year, he abruptly ended an interview with Metal Hammer when asked about Wood, after which his publicist issued a lengthy statement saying that he would not be commenting further.

In response to the accusations made against him yesterday, Manson posted on Instagram: “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”.

Yesterday, Loma Vista Recordings announced that it was cutting ties with Manson as a result of the accusations of abuse, saying in a statement to Variety: “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”.

Manson is no longer listed on the label’s website and his products are no longer available in its online store.