Marilyn Manson has spoken out after his longtime bassist, Twiggy Ramirez, was accused of rape and psychological abuse by his ex-girlfriend Jessicka Addams.
Addams, who fronted riot grrrl band Jack Off Jill, dated Ramirez, real name Jeordie White, during the '90s. In a Facebook statement, the singer noted how the pair's relationship became increasingly volatile, claiming that White would hit her and once slashed the tires of her car in an act of jealousy after she gave a male friend a ride home. At the end of the statement, Addams recounted an incident where White allegedly raped her.
He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck. I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that [my friend] Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved. That night I slept in Pete’s bed and cried myself to sleep. Neither of us discussed it until years later as we both had our own shame about not reporting it.
Now, Manson has responded to Addams claims in a statement. “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend,” he says. “I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.”
To read Addams' statement in full, click here.
UPDATE 10/25: Marilyn Manson has officially decided to "part ways" with Ramirez following the allegations, replacing him for the remainder of his ongoing tour.
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