Marilyn Manson Appears On Stage with Kanye West
Marilyn Manson has made his first public appearance since the avalanche of abuse accusations leveled against him earlier this year, appearing on stage with Kanye West at a release party show for the rapper’s new album.
The event at Chicago’s Soldier Field celebrated the release of West’s new record, Donda, named after his late mother. The stage was built as a recreation of his childhood home and featured Manson standing on the “porch” for the duration of the event.
A flood of charges against Manson began in February, when actress Evan Rachel Wood alleged that Manson “horrifically abused me for years.” She elaborated on those accusations a week later, at which point she also said that Manson’s wife, Lindsay Usich, and someone named Leslee Lane were “conspiring to release photos of me when I was UNDERAGE, after being given large amounts of drugs and alcohol, after Brian performed on Halloween in Las Vegas, to ‘ruin my career’ and ‘shut me up.’”
Manson is currently being sued by three ex-girlfriends — Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco, actress Ashley Morgan Smithline and a woman identified only as “Jane Doe” — as well as a former assistant, Ashley Walters, for several charges related to sexual assault and physical and emotional abuse. Manson has denied all of the charges, claiming he is the victim of a conspiracy. He has been dropped by his label, Loma Vista, his agency, CAA, and his manager of 25 years, Tony Ciulla. He was also fired from television roles on the programs American Gods and Creepshow.
Two former Manson collaborators, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland and Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, have both spoken out against the shock rocker. Borland called Manson “a bad fucking guy” and asserted that his victims “are speaking the truth,” while Reznor said that he has “been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago.” He also denied, not for the first time, a story from Manson’s memoir, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, in which the singer claims that he and Reznor plied two women with alcohol and then took advantage of them once they were heavily inebriated.
Rapper DaBaby, who recently faced backlash over homophobic comments he made earlier this summer, also appeared on stage with Kanye at last night’s show.
[via E Online]