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Phoebe Bridgers, Marilyn Manson
Photography Clara Balzary, Styling Emma Wyman / Andreas Lawen, via Wikimedia Commons

Phoebe Bridgers speaks out on Marilyn Manson in the wake of abuse claims

Some of Manson’s former collaborators, including Trent Reznor, have also denounced the musician after five women accused him of sexual abuse earlier this week

Phoebe Bridgers has spoken out in support of the five women, including actress Evan Rachel Wood, who came forward to accuse Marilyn Manson of abuse on Monday (February 1). In the wake of the accusations, Bridgers has also opened up about her past experiences with the musician.

“I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends,” she wrote on Twitter. “I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’, I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humor. I stopped being a fan.”

“I stand with everyone who came forward.”

In a follow-up tweet, Bridgers claimed that Manson’s management company, label, and band members were aware of his behaviour prior to the allegations made this week. “The label knew, management knew, the band knew,” she added. “Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is fucking pathetic.”

Having previously spoken about being mistreated by a former partner, Wood named Manson as her alleged abuser via an Instagram statement on Monday. “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she wrote. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years.”

On the same day, four other women made similar claims against Manson, alleging violence and harassment, sexual and verbal abuse, and forced intoxication.

Former Manson collaborator and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor subsequently issued a statement on the musician following the allegations, distancing himself from an anecdote detailed in Manson’s 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, which has resurfaced in recent days.

“I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago,” Reznor said. “As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.”

Wes Borland, the Limp Bizkit guitarist and former Marilyn Manson band member, has also spoken out on Twitch, claiming: “He’s not a great guy and every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true… They are speaking the truth.”

Manson responded to the recent allegations in his own statement posted to Instagram, in which he called the claims “horrible distortions of reality”, and added: “My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners.”

As of February 1, Marilyn Manson has been dropped by his record label, Loma Vista Recordings. In a statement, the label announced it will cease promotion for his latest album “effective immediately”, and won’t work with him on future projects. His upcoming appearance on the TV drama American Gods has also been cancelled.