Marilyn Manson Fired From American Gods and Creepshow TV Series, Possibly Dropped by Agency
Marilyn Manson continues to experience the fallout from yesterday’s allegations of abuse against multiple women, including Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood.
Yesterday morning, Wood wrote a post on Instagram in which she said that Manson, her former fiancée, “horrifically abused me for years.” While she has implied in the past that Manson abused her, this was the first time she explicitly named the shock rocker.
Later in the day, Wood shared the stories of three more women — Ashley Lindsay Morgan, Sarah McNeilly, and Gabriella — who all also say that Manson abused them. She also shared testimony of two of Manson’s former assistants. One of them, Ashley Walters, says she was abused by Manson; the other, Dan Cleary, says he witnessed Manson’s abusive behavior towards others firsthand.
Manson’s label, Loma Vista, promptly dropped the singer and scrubbed their website of his likeness and merchandise.
Now Manson has been fired from two separate acting roles as well: Starz’s American Gods and Shudder’s Creepshow.
Manson was cast on American Gods, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, in 2019. He played Johan Wengren, lead singer of the Viking death metal band Blood Death. The latest episode, “The Unseen,” aired this past Sunday, January 31. According to Deadline, the singer plays “a significant part” in the series and scheduled to appear in one more already-completed episode, “Sister Rising,” which was completed before the pandemic. The show’s creative team will now figure out a way to remove Manson from that episode, which isn’t scheduled to air until later this month.
Manson was also set to appear on the upcoming Creepshow anthology series on Shudder (a subsidiary of AMC). The episode was to feature two segments, only one of which would have featured Manson; that segment will now be shelved and replaced.
Deadline further reports that Manson’s agency, CAA, “is also considering cutting ties with the singer,” although “No final decision has been made yet.”
Late last night, Manson released a statement in which he called the accusations against him “horrible distortions of reality.”
This past November, Manson abruptly ended an interview with Metal Hammer when they asked him about the allegations. Reps for Manson subsequently released a statement in which they implied that Wood was actually referring to Wood’s The Wrestler co-star, Mickey Rourke; questioned why Wood became engaged to Manson if he was abusing her; and pointed to Manson’s ongoing friendship with a different ex-finacée, the actress Rose McGowan, a leader of the Me Too movement (the implication being that McGowan wouldn’t be friends with Manson if Manson was an abuser).
The allegations against Manson are made all the more unsettling by the fact that in 2017, the singer 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.