- 08 Feb 21
Evan Rachel Wood’s allegations of rape, grooming and abuse by Manson earlier this month were followed by additional allegations of varied misconduct made by multiple other women.
“I met Marilyn backstage at a festival a few years ago. After his compliments towards my band became more and more hyperbolic I became suspicious of his behaviour,” her post reads.
“I was shocked to look down and see he was filming up my skirt with a GoPro.”
“There were no repercussions for his behaviour, his tour manager simply said ‘he does this kind of thing all the time.’ If he does this kind of thing all the time why on earth has he been headlining festivals for so many years?" Rowsell continued.
"When will we stop enabling misogynists on the account of their success? Women must feel safe in the male dominated world that is the music industry.”
I met Marilyn backstage at a festival a few years ago. After his compliments towards my band became more and more hyperbolic I became suspicious of his behaviour. I was shocked to look down and see he was filming up my skirt with a gopro.
— ellierowsell (@elliecrowsell) February 6, 2021
'Upskirting' was made illegal in England and Wales in 2019 after a campaign led by activist Gina Martin.
Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood met Manson in the mid-2000s, when she was 18 and he was 36. They went public with a dating relationship in January 2007 and got engaged in January 2010 but ended the engagement later that year. Wood delivered a personal testimony before Congress three years ago about her experience with domestic violence by an unnamed ex partner. The actor confirmed that she was referencing 52-year-old Manson last week.
At least four other women posted their own allegations against Manson last week, detailing harrowing experiences that they claim included sexual assault, psychological abuse, and/or various forms of coercion, violence, and intimidation. The four women go by the names Ashley Walters, Sarah McNeilly, Ashley Lindsay Morgan, and Gabriella.
Manson was subsequently dropped by his record label, touring agency, and longtime manager.
On February 1, Jenna Jameson told the Daily Mail that the singer had “fantasised about burning me alive” when they dated in 1997. Ex-wife Dita Von Teese, who divorced Manson after a one-year marriage in 2006 “due to infidelity and drug abuse,” stated on February 4 that “the details made public do not match my personal experience during our seven years together as a couple.”
She wrote on Instagram: "Had they, I would not have married him in December 2005. I left 12 months later due to infidelity and drug abuse. Abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship. I urge those of you who have incurred abuse to take steps to heal and the strength to fully realise yourself."
Meanwhile, Oscar-winning composer and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor again denied claims in Manson's 1998 memoir that the pair were involved in a sexual assault.
"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 last week.
"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."
That same day, Phoebe Bridgers also said the singer once referred to a room in his house as the “rape room,” before writing: “The label knew, management knew, the band knew. Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is fucking pathetic."
Feature image credit: Emma Swann