California senator demands FBI investigate Marilyn Manson abuse claims
‘Especially alarmed’ California senator demands FBI investigate abuse claims against Marilyn Manson after several women come forward with allegations of physical and emotional abuse
- Senator Susan Rubio has requested an FBI investigation into abuse claims against musician Marilyn Manson
- On Monday, actress Evan Rachel Wood alleged Manson had abused her for years
- She accused her ex-fiancé of grooming her as a teenager and ‘brainwashing’ her
- Several other women have also come forward with claims of abuse against Manson, who denies the accounts, calling them ‘horrible distortions of reality’
- He has been dropped by his record label and cut out of upcoming TV shows
California State Senator Susan Rubio (pictured) has requested an FBI investigation into the allegations against Marilyn Manson, Evan Rachel Wood has revealed [File photo]
California State Senator Susan Rubio has requested an FBI investigation into the allegations against Marilyn Manson, Evan Rachel Wood has revealed.
Wood posted a letter from Rubio to the Acting Attorney General of the United States and the director of the FBI on Instagram on Tuesday, a day after the actress accused Manson of years of abuse.
Several other women also came forward with accounts of abuse by Manson, 52, who has denied the accusations as ‘horrible distortions of reality’.
‘The alleged victims have named Marilyn Manson, also known as Brian Hugh Warner, as the perpetrator.
‘I ask that the U.S. Department of Justice meet with the alleged victims immediately and investigate these accusations,’ Senator Rubio wrote in the letter.
‘As a domestic violence survivor who now advocates for victims in my role of California state legislator, I share a common trauma of emotional, psychological, and physical control at the hands of an abuser.’
Rubio added that she was ‘especially alarmed’ because some of the alleged abuse is said to have taken place in California.
The senator posted a statement to Twitter reiterating the points made in her letter and voicing her support for victims of domestic violence.
On Monday, Wood, 33, alleged in an Instagram post that Manson had abused her during their three-year relationship in the late noughties.
‘The name of my abuser is Brain Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson.
‘He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission,’ she wrote.
Evan Rachel Wood posted a letter from Rubio to the Acting Attorney General of the United States and the director of the FBI on Instagram on Tuesday, a day after the actress accused Manson of years of abuse
The senator posted a statement to Twitter reiterating the points made in her letter and voicing her support for victims of domestic violence
On Monday, Wood (pictured), 33, alleged in an Instagram post that Manson had abused her during their three-year relationship in the late noughties [File photo]
‘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.’
The Westworld actress had previously said she is a survivor of rape and sexual abuse but did not name her alleged abuser.
Manson and Wood began dating in 2007 and got engaged in 2010, but broke up later that year.
In 2018, she spoke before the House Judiciary Committee about her experiences of sexual abuse and the following year she created the Phoenix Act, which extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence from three years to five.
It was signed into Californian law by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2019, taking effect in January 2020.
‘I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent’: Wood revealed the name of her alleged abuser in an Instagram post on Monday
During her testimony, Wood stated that her unnamed abuser had hidden a drug and alcohol addiction from her and carried out ‘toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse’.
She recounted that the abuse ‘started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me, raping what he believed to be my unconscious body.’
Following Wood’s post on Monday, several other women have come forward with allegations against Manson.
The women say they now struggle with PTSD as a result of Manson’s alleged behaviour towards them.
Manson and Wood began dating in 2007 and got engaged in 2010, but broke up later that year
Photographer Ashley Walters, a former personal assistant of Manson’s, said the musician ‘frequently became violent’ and accused him of offering her up for ‘sexual encounters with collaborators.’
An artist known only as Gabriella, who also goes by the name of SourGirrrl, has accused Manson of tying her up and raping her on repeated occasions.
She also claimed Manson plied her with drugs and forced her to make a so-called blood pact with him by cutting their hands with broken glass.
Musician Marilyn Manson 52, has denied the accusations, calling the women’s accounts ‘horrible distortions of reality’ [File photo]
Model Sarah McNeilly said Manson had ‘threatened to bash my face in with a baseball bat’ and locked her in rooms against her will.
Ashley Lindsay Morgan said she ‘wasn’t allowed to eat, sleep, or leave’ Manson’s house and claims that the musician cut and burned her. The Jewish model alleges that Manson asked her to bring him Nazi memorabilia.
Manson responded to the allegations on Instagram on Monday evening, saying his relationships have ‘always been entirely consensual’.
‘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.’
In the past, Manson has denied violence through an attorney. But in a 2009 interview with Spin, he made disturbing remarks about wanting to ‘smash’ Wood’s skull in.
Ashley Walters (left) said she was abused by Manson while working as his personal assistant. Model Sarah McNeilly (right) says Manson ‘threatened to bash my face in with a baseball bat’ and locked her in rooms against her will
Ashley Lindsay Morgan (left) said she ‘wasn’t allowed to eat, sleep, or leave’ Manson’s house and claims that the musician cut and burned her. The Jewish model alleges that Manson asked her to bring him Nazi memorabilia. An artist known only as Gabriella (right), who also goes by the name of SourGirrrl, has accused Manson of tying her up and raping her on repeated occasions.
He was being asked about his new album and was asked: ‘It sounds like the period after you and Evan Rachel Wood broke up was really tough. What was your lowest point?’
He replied: ‘My lowest point was Christmas Day 2008, because I didn’t speak to my family. My walls were covered in scrawlings of the lyrics and cocaine bags nailed to the wall.
‘And I did have an experience where I was struggling to deal with being alone and being forsaken and being betrayed by putting your trust in one person, and making the mistake of that being the wrong person. And that’s a mistake that everyone can relate to. I made the mistake of trying to, desperately, grasp on and save that and own it. And every time I called her that day — I called 158 times — I took a razor blade and I cut myself on my face or on my hands.
‘I didn’t want people to ask me every time I did an interview, ‘Oh, is this record about your relationship with your ex-girlfriend?’ But that damage is part of it, and the song ‘I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies’ is about my fantasies.
‘I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.’ The interviewer replied: ‘Wow’. He replied: ‘Merry Christmas’.
Manson and Wood got engaged after the interview but later broke up.
When the comments resurfaced in November 2020, his reps played them down as coming from a ‘theatrical rockstar’ promoting an album.
In the wake of this week’s allegations, Manson was dropped by record label Loma Vista Recordings, which said in a statement on Twitter that it would stop promoting his latest album ‘effective immediately’.
US network Starz has also cut his guest appearance from an upcoming episode of the show American Gods.
Horror streaming platform Shudder has also pulled his upcoming episode of horror anthology series Creepshow.
Marilyn Manson’s alleged victims
Evan Rachel Wood
Westworld star Wood, now 33, was engaged to Manson for eight months in 2010.
The pair went public with their relationship in 2007. She was 20 at the time.
She has in the past spoken about being abused, and testified before Congress in 2018 about being raped as part of a campaign to change domestic violence laws. She did not name her abuser at the time.
In her statement on Monday, she wrote: ‘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.
‘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.’
The photographer from Los Angeles said Manson contacted her on social media asking to collaborate and the pair then met up.
She started working as a personal assistant to the rocker and the pair become close, but then he started becoming violent, she says.
Walters claims he would throw plates at her and even offered her up for sexual relationships with collaborators.
In her statement on Monday, she said: ‘I continue to suffer from PTSD, and struggle with depression. I stayed in touch with quite a few people who went through their own traumas, under his control.
‘As we all struggled, as survivors do, to get on with our lives, I’d keep hearing stories disturbingly similar to our own experiences. 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.’
Los Angeles-based model Sarah McNeilly said Manson ‘lured’ her in by acting loving but then turned violent.
She claims he threw her against a wall, threatened to bash her face in with a baseball bat, locked her in a room when she was ‘bad’ and verbally berated her for ‘hours’.
She said in her statement: ‘I have been afraid to bring any spotlight upon myself as to avoid winding up in his crosshairs again.
‘As a result of the way he treated me, I suffer from mental health issues and PTSD that have affected my personal and professional relationships, self-worth and personal goals.
‘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.’
Ashley Lindsay Morgan
The model was working in Thailand in 2009 when she met Manson through a mutual friend.
They started talking and texting for months and he flew her to Los Angeles.
She did not detail how long they spent together but alleged abuse and said he also asked her to bring him Nazi memorabilia from Asia, even though she is Jewish.
She says she also ‘wasn’t allowed to eat or sleep or leave’ his home.
Morgan said: ‘I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD.
‘I try to wash constantly to get him out or off of me. … I am coming forward so he will finally stop.’
Gabriella, an artist, said she met Manson in 2015 when she was 22 and he was 46 backstage at one of his shows.
Like the other alleged victims, she said the rocker was loving at first before turning violent.
Among her claims is that he forced her to take drugs with him and that they made a blood pact.
She said: ‘It has taken me five years to speak out and say that I was in an abusive relationship. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and still suffer from nightmares.
‘I blocked out a lot of the memories, but the feelings remain and manifest in various ways. The reason I’m finally sharing this traumatic experience is for my healing and because I’m done being silent.
‘I don’t believe it’s fair for someone to not be held accountable for their horrific actions. I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor.’
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