Singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers is the latest person to publicly voice her support for the women accusing Marilyn Manson of abuse – while sharing a disturbing story of her own encounter with the Goth-rocker.
Grammy-nominated Bridgers, 26, shared her experience on Twitter, telling her followers she visited Manson at his home with some friends when she was a teenager.
“I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the “rape room”. I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humour. I stopped being a fan,” she wrote.
“I stand with everyone who came forward.”
In a follow-up tweet, Bridgers blasted those around Manson who she claims knew of his alleged abuse.
“The label knew, management knew, the band knew,” she claimed. “Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is f***ing pathetic.”
The furore began when Manson’s former fiancee Evan Rachel Wood named him as her alleged abuser in an Instagram post earlier this week. Wood had previously spoken in detail about a past abusive relationship, but had never specified who it was with.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” the Westworld star wrote. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
Manson has denied the claims, labelling them “horrible distortions of reality,” but the fallout was swift: He was immediately dropped by his record label, and an episode of the US TV series Creepshow that contains Manson will no longer air.
Two of Manson’s previous high-profile girlfriends have since spoken up about the allegations. Rose McGowan, who dated Manson for two years in the late ’90s, stated she was “proud” of Wood and other women who had come forward. “When he was with me, he was not like that,” she said.
“But that has no bearing on whether he was like that with others, before or after. It takes time to come forward and, again, I am proud – proud of these women and anybody who stands against an abuser.”
Dita Von Teese, who had a seven-year relationship with Manson and was married to him, also said that the details made public did “not match my personal experience.”
“Had they, I would not have married him in December 2005.”
She went on to explain that after a year of marriage, she left the relationship “due to infidelity and drug use”.
“Abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship,” she added. “I urge those of you who have incurred abuse to take steps to heal and the strength to fully realise yourself.”
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Police officers were called to Manson’s house just after 6pm on Wednesday night due to reports of a “disturbing incident”.
According to TMZ, officers arrived at the scene shortly after a worried friend called “concerned for his wellbeing”.