Earlier this week, actress Evan Rachel Wood came forward and confirmed that the abusive partner she’d referenced in previous statements was in fact shock rocker Marilyn Manson. These stories have since been corroborated by a personal assistant, and have been backed up by similar claims about Manson from other women. In the wake of this, many have asked whether or not those close to the singer during his rise to fame were aware of his unhealthy behavior. Now, two of those people — Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor and fetish model and Manson’s ex-wife Dita Von Teese — have issued statements.
Teese’s statement was posted to her Instagram, and reads, “I have been processing the news that broke Monday regarding Marilyn Manson. To those who have expressed your concerns for my well-being, I appreciate your kindness. Please know that the details made public do not match my personal experience during our seven years together as a couple. Had they, I would not have married him in December of 2005. I left 12 months later due to infidelity and drug abuse.
“Abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship. I urge those of you who have incurred abuse to take steps to heal and the strength to full realize yourself. This is my sole statement on this matter. Thank you for respecting this request.”
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Reznor, meanwhile, made a somewhat more vehement and unequivocal statement in conversation with Pitchfork, saying, “I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.”
The passage in question is one from Manson’s book The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, in which the singer alleged that he and Reznor abused an intoxicated woman together.
More on this story as it unfolds. If you or someone you care about is suffering abuse at the hands of their partner, please contact RAINN or call 800.656.HOPE (4673). Remember: you are not alone.
Words by Chris Krovatin