Singer Marilyn Manson faces a domestic violence investigation into suspected incidents from around 10 years ago, US authorities have said.
It comes after Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood and three other women earlier this month accused the American rocker on social media of abusing them.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department on Friday said its Special Victims Unit “was investigating allegations of domestic violence involving Mr. Brian Warner also known as” Marilyn Manson, “who works in the hospitality industry. the music”.
“The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood,” the statement said.
Wood, 33, who dated Manson, 52, around 2007 and was briefly engaged to him in 2010, said the singer “had treated me horribly for years” and “I was subjected to a brainwashed and manipulated “.
“My attacker’s name is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood said on Instagram on February 1. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and abused me horribly for years.”
Manson has denied Wood’s claims as “horrible distortions of reality.”
The couple’s relationship first became public in 2007 when he was 38 and she was 19, and they were briefly engaged in 2010 before going their separate ways.
Manson responded to Wood’s allegations with her own Instagram post later today.
“Obviously, my art and my life have been the subject of controversy for a long time, but these recent claims about me are horrendous distortions of reality,” her article said.
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others now choose to distort the past, that’s the truth.”
The other three women have also accused Manson of emotional and psychological abuse over the past 10 years.
Following public accusations earlier this month, Manson’s record company Loma Vista Recordings dropped him.
The singer-songwriter is known for his goth-inspired black outfits and controversial stage personality, and his hits include The Dope Show and Personal Jesus.
He was previously engaged to prominent #MeToo activist Rose McGowan and married to burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese in 2004, who defended it earlier this month after the allegations were made public.
She said the experiences of Manson’s accusers do not match her own, claiming in an Instagram post that she left Manson “due to infidelity and drug addiction.”
“Abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship. I urge those of you who have suffered abuse to take action to heal and have the strength to come true,” he said. she adds.
In 2018, Los Angeles County prosecutors refused to press charges against Manson for assault, beatings and sexual assault allegations dating back to 2011, saying they were limited by statutes of limitations and a lack of corroboration.
In this case, the accuser was only identified as a social acquaintance of Manson. He denied the allegations at the time.