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Marilyn Manson speaks on Lana Del Rey ‘rape’ video

By | Published on Monday 15 December 2014

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has given his side of the story following the previously reported appearance of a controversial video featuring Lana Del Rey in a staged rape scene. The video, which was directed by Eli Roth, also incorporated footage of Manson, leading many to believe he was party to shooting it, something Manson’s camp was quick to deny, adding: “It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage”.

Manson himself has since said, via NME: “It wasn’t a Marilyn Manson video. The editor of the company that put it out was somebody who’s edited my videos, that video was something that was done with a camera that Eli, who’s my friend, and I both wanted to test out, so I let him test it out. What they filmed was put in context seemingly as if it were a Marilyn Manson video, and that was in no way the intention”.

Of Del Rey’s involvement in the scene, Manson added: “Eli and I wanted to do a music video with her but she was being such a problem. Although I still respect her, I’m friends with her. I just left, I was tired, I was not willing to make that part of the video. Eli and I originally had intentions of making a video with her, but that is not the intention that is represented in that film clip because that is not what I filmed, not for my video”.

Manson continued: “But the people put it together with my other clips. And it really strongly stands out of place, it doesn’t really make sense. I would not make a video of that nature, nor would Eli. I don’t think either of us were ever intending for that to be seen, it was more of a camera test. I’m a person that would beat somebody’s ass if they raped somebody that I know”.

Lana Del Rey is still to comment on the ‘camera test’.