Marilyn Manson, the band and the frontman for the decades-old heavy metal outfit, have been in the news recently—for all the wrong reasons. In Late November, Manson (whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner) was nearly crushed when a huge prop fell on him during a show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, resulting in the cancellation of upcoming shows (video below). Yesterday, we brought the sad news that Marilyn Manson (the band) co-founder Scott Putesky (aka Daisy Berkowitz) passed away over the weekend; his death comes several years after publicly announcing his battle with stage 4 colon cancer.
Also this weekend came sad and, in this case, shocking news that long-time Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez (whose real name is Jeordie White) has been accused of rape. The accusations come from Jack Off Jill lead singer Jessicka Addams, who became Ramirez’s girlfriend when she was only 18-years-old.
Addams made the accusation in a lengthy confessional on Facebook; this follows a pattern of women coming forward with tales of sexual assault in the entertainment industry following the fall of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein. Hollywood is being forced to take a serious look inward when it comes to taking accountability for creating an environment that allowed predators to abuse with immunity; if more women follow Addams’ brave example, the music industry will be forced to clean house as well.
Please read Addams’ post in its entirety, HERE; experts are below:
I have lived with the overwhelming shame and guilt of being raped for well over 20 years now. Like many survivors, I unknowingly hid an abusive relationship in a most unhealthy way, masking it behind a fun loving, creatively artistic facade I struggled to wear on the outside world. Since I roamed in similar musical circles and shared many friends with this rapist, the shock of bumping into him in social situations would leave me sick to my stomach. I’d sometimes find myself drinking too much to pretend he was not there. These unbearable occurrences often tested my own limits or my strengths, yet I found my own weakened behavior seemingly sickened me every unfortunate time I found myself in the same room as him. I did not want him to own the power I assumed was his in every unwarranted encounter, so I eventually compartmentalized the recurring nightmares of running into my rapist, Jeordie White.
He forced me onto the floor with his hand around my neck. I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved.
Manson has released a statement about the accusations. “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend,” he said. “I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.” White left Manson’s band in 2002 before returning in 2008. In the past, he also performed in Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle.
How these accusations will affect Ramirez’s future will Marilyn Manson remains to be seen. Still, all of us here at Horror Freak News commend Addams for her bravery and stand in solidarity with all survivors of sexual abuse.