Hard rocker Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, has addressed the recent claims made against him by his ex-fiancée, Evan Rachel Wood, and other women and classifies them as “horrible distortions of reality.”
After the 33-year-old actress took to Instagram on Monday, February 1, to detail her relationship with Manson, claiming he “horrifically abused me for years,” his record label — Loma Vista Recordings — announced that they were cutting ties with the singer, 52.
“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,” the label wrote on Instagram. “Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
Now, Manson has come forward via his own Instagram page to personally respond to the accusations made against him.
“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 an Instagram post in the evening of February 1. “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.”
It was reported that after Wood’s claims were made, Manson’s artist page on the label’s website had been removed.
As OK! previously reported, Wood spoke out earlier in the day about her relationship with Manson. The two dated in 2007 — when she was 19 and he was 38; the former flames were briefly engaged in 2010 but ended their relationship one year later.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she began. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me 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 2016, Wood came forward as being a rape and domestic violence survivor. Two years later, the Hollywood star testified in front of Congress about her experience with sexual assault, as she wanted to get the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights passed in all 50 states.
“I thought I was the only human who experienced this, and I carried so much guilt and confusion about my response to the abuse,” Wood said at the time. “I accepted my powerlessness, and I felt I deserved it somehow.”
After Wood made her story about Manson public, at least four other women posted their own allegations about the actor, in which they claimed he sexually assaulted and psychologically abused them, Vanity Fair reported.
“It became clear the abuse he’s caused; he continues to inflict on so many and I cannot stand by and let this happen to others. Brian Warner needs to be held accountable,” Ashley Walters wrote about her alleged experience with Manson.
“I believe he gets off on ruining people's lives. I stand in support of all that have and all will come forward. I want to see Brian held accountable for his evil,” Sarah McNeilly added.
Manson has denied similar allegations in the past.