Marilyn Manson is releasing longtime band member Twiggy Ramirez (aka Jeordie White) after the bass player's former girlfriend Jessicka Addams, from the band Jack Off Jill, accused him of rape.
Manson issued a statement saying that, "I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well," while Manson wrote on Instagram Manson that, "This is a sad day."
White has not responded to Addams' allegations of physical and psychological abuse during the 90s -- which she made via a Facebook post on October 20 -- he issued a statement after Manson's announcement saying that, "I wish to spend this time with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. I will be taking a leave of absence from Marilyn Manson and regrettably will not be performing on the upcoming tour."
White served two tenures with Manson, from 1993-2002 and from 2008 until this week; He switched from bass to guitar from 2009-2013.
Manson, who had to postpone a number of tour dates after breaking his leg during a New York concert last month, returns to the road November 5 at OZZFest Meets Knotfest in Devore, Calif., than begins a European tour on November 12.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.