Trent Reznor, who signed Marilyn Manson to his Nothing Records label and worked on Manson’s first two studio albums, has issued a statement following resurfaced claims of sexual assault from Manson’s 1998 memoir, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Reznor said, “I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. 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.”
Screenshots of the graphic, disturbing passage have been making the rounds on social media after Manson’s ex-fiance Evan Rachel Wood, who has spoken often, and on the record, about abuse that she suffered at the hands of a previously-unnamed ex, issued a statement identifying her abuser as Manson. Following Wood’s statement, Vanity Fair also published statements of four additional women who came forward accusing Manson of abusive behavior.
In the fallout from these allegations, Manson has been dropped from upcoming TV roles, dropped from his label and dropped from talent agency CAA. California State Senator Susan Rubio has also submitted a formal request to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and FBI Director Christopher Ray calling for an investigation into Manson’s abuse allegations.
In response to the allegations, Manson issued a brief statement that read, “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”