“My intimate relationships have always been completely consensual with like-minded partners”
Merlin Manson has denied the allegations of abuse leveled against him on Monday, calling the claims “terrible distortions of reality”.
On Monday (1 February), actress Evan Rachel Wood and four other women accused Manson of grooming, abusing and manipulating her. Westworld Actor Wood wrote on Instagram, “I am living in fear of vengeance, slander or blackmail.”
“I am here to expose this dangerous man and exclude the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins another life,” she wrote.
Manson took to Instagram to refute the allegations, stating that all their relationship has been “always completely consensual”.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been the magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are terrible distortions of reality,” he wrote.
“My intimate relationships have always been completely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, the same is true. “
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Manson was dropped from his record label, Loma Vista, following allegations leveled by five women.
“In the light of allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women harassing Merlin Manson as his abuser, Loma Vista will shut down to further promote their current album [2020’s ‘We Are Chaos’], Effective immediately, “read the statement given by the label.
“Regarding these events, we have also decided not to work with Merlin Manson on future projects.”
Wood testified in previous years about an abusive relationship that she had with an unnamed man for years, having met her as a teenager. In February 2018, she gave similar testimony to a House Judicial Subcommittee over an abusive relationship, but did not reveal the man’s identity.
Manson and his team have denied the abuse allegations leveled against them in the past. Last year, Manson’s team released a statement on behalf of the artist in response to questions about Wood and their previous relationship.
Wood and Manson began dating in 2007 and became engaged in January 2010.