Trent Reznor, the Oscar-winning songwriter and frontman of Nine Inch Nails, has denied claims that he was involved in a sexual assault alongside Marilyn Manson, made by Manson in his memoirs.
Earlier this week, Manson was accused by his ex-partner, actor Evan Rachel Wood, of years of “horrible” abuse. He had previously accused an unidentified person of sexual assault, physical violence, including torture, and various forms of emotional abuse. Four other women published accounts of Manson’s sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the same time.
He denies the accusations, calling them “horrible distortions of reality” and saying that “my intimate relationships have always been totally consensual.”
In the wake of the allegations, a passage from Manson’s 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, began circulating online in which Manson claims that he and Reznor sexually assaulted a highly intoxicated woman. Reznor has responded saying:
I have spoken over the years about my dislike for Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoirs is a total fabrication. I was enraged and offended when it came out and I still am today.
The book passage is from an unpublished 1995 Manson interview with Empyrean magazine. An editor’s note in the book explains that the interview was never printed on Empyrean because the magazine’s editors “believed that the magazine had followed unethical interview procedures to extract information from Mr. Manson.”
Reznor and Manson were once close, with Reznor signing him to his Nothing Records label and co-producing his first two albums. He later cut ties and in 2009 called Manson “a malicious guy [who] he will step on anyone’s face to succeed and cross any line of decency. Seeing him now, drugs and alcohol rule his life and he has become a silly clown. “
Following the allegations of the five women mentioned this week, other women have reported abuse by Manson.
Model Scarlett Kapella Alleges Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse; Chloe Black music alleges physical and verbal abuse; Artist and filmmaker Louise Keay Bell, who had previously made accusations against the singer, reiterated her claims that he “emotionally and financially abused me” and harassed her following the initial accusations. Fashion stylist Love Bailey claims she pointed a Glock pistol at her head in a 2011 incident, and retailer Torii Lynn also alleges that Manson abused her. Manson has not responded to these particular allegations. The Guardian has contacted its management for comment.
Following the allegations this week, Manson has been removed by his Loma Vista Recordings label and removed from two American television series in which he was scheduled to appear.
Los Angeles police were called to the singer’s home Wednesday night to verify the singer’s well-being, telling the Daily Mail that “there was no evidence of a problem.”
His ex-wife, Dita Von Teese, made a statement after the allegations, saying that she had not been abused by Manson and that their marriage had ended due to “infidelity and drug abuse.”
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