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Marilyn Manson “parts ways” with bassist Twiggy Ramirez following rape allegation

By | Published on Thursday 26 October 2017

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Marilyn Manson has announced that he has “decided to part ways” with bassist Jeordie White, better known as Twiggy Ramirez, following accusations of rape made by former Jack Off Jill vocalist Jessicka Addams.

Last week, Addams published a long statement on her Facebook page, detailing the abusive relationship she had with White in the early 90s. That relationship ended, she says, after White raped her following an argument.

Responding to those comments in a statement to Highsnobiety, Manson said: “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend. I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress”.

On Twitter yesterday, he added: “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”.

Addams responded to Manson, saying: “Thank you. I am truly at a loss for words”. Quizzed further, she added: “Discussions were had [with Manson]. Apologies made. That’s all the fans need to know!”

In his own statement this morning, White said: “I have only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago. I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. I will be taking some time to spend with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. If I have caused anyone pain I apologise and truly regret it”.

As for why Addams did not speak out about her relationship with White until now, she had some sobering words for the music industry in her initial Facebook post.

“In 1997, I was warned by my band’s record company that if I revealed my story publically, there would be a very good chance that my band Jack Off Jill would be blackballed by concert promoters, radio programmers, and other bands and their managers”, she said.

“Jack Off Jill was also warned of running the risk of losing our coveted record deal (which they gave us!) as they were certain no one would ever take a rape victim in this male dominated music business seriously, never mind a ferocious, disenfranchised, outspoken, overweight frontwoman such as myself!”

She continued: “The label blatantly feared the big machine behind Marilyn Manson would use their power to destroy not only Jack Off Jill, but my name, Jessicka, as well. The pressure and guilt of the inevitable repercussions of my rape story affecting my band’s livelihood, happiness and success kept me silent for years”.