Marilyn Manson Ends Interview After Being Asked About Accusations by Ex-Girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood
Update, 10:14am EDT, November 11: Manson has now issued a statement on the matter. You can read it here.
Marilyn Manson abruptly ended an interview with Metal Hammer after the magazine asked him about allegations of abuse leveled by his ex-girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood.
The Westworld star made the accusations as part of a 2019 testimony in front of the California Senate Public Safety committee on behalf of the Phoenix Act, which seeks to create exceptions to the statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes in the state of California. During her testimony, she shared harrowing stories of being abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically, by an older man when she was 18 years old. The story became major news after video of the testimony started making the rounds earlier this year.
Although Wood never named her abuser, claiming he’d threatened to kill her or have her killed, it’s a matter of public record that she began dating Marilyn Manson (né Brian Warner) when she was 18 and he was 36 (and still married to Dita Von Teese). Wood also stars in the 2009 video for Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand),” part of which depicts the couple having sex.
Now Metal Hammer says they tried to ask Manson, currently age 51, about the accusations during a recent phone interview about his album We Are Chaos, which was released in September.
The chat didn’t go so well:
“Marilyn Manson hung up on us as soon as we mentioned [Wood’s] name, and his people refused to have him answer any further questions – though they did provide us with a statement addressing 10 key questions we wanted Manson to answer, which we will be publishing later this week.”
The magazine goes on to “clarify that we’re not accusing Marilyn Manson of anything” but, rather, “just wanted to have a conversation about it.” They also indicate that Manson’s handlers asked them some version of the question “Why does a heavy metal magazine feel the need to get involved with all this?”.
The allegations against Manson — and his apparent unwillingness to address them — are made all the more unsettling by the fact that in 2017, Manson parted ways with his longtime bassist and collaborator, Jeordie “Twiggy Ramirez” White, after White was accused of rape by his ex-girlfriend, Jack Off Jill frontwoman Jessicka Addams.
We’ll let you know once the shock rocker’s statement to Metal Hammer has been released.