Marilyn Manson has denied the abuse allegations leveled against him by his ex-fiancee, “Westworld” actress, Evan Rachel Wood and multiple other women, calling them “horrible distortions of reality” in a statement posted to Instagram on Monday.
“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. “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.”
Wood, who was engaged to Manson from 2010 to 2011, publicly accused Manson of “grooming” her as a teenager and “horrifically” abusing her during their relationship. Wood, who is now 33, met Manson when she was 18 and he was 36.
“I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Monday. “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 her post, four other women also came forward to detail accusations against Manson.
Manson, meanwhile, was dropped by his record label, Loma Vista Recordings, dropped from the Shudder anthology series “Creepshow” and scrubbed from an upcoming episode of Starz’s “American Gods,” in which he appeared in a minor recurring role.