Label drops Manson after abuse allegations

Marilyn Manson has been dropped by his record label, Loma Vista Recordings.
Marilyn Manson has been dropped by his record label, Loma Vista Recordings.

Rock singer Marilyn Manson has been dropped by his record label after Westworld TV and film actress Evan Rachel Wood said he "horrifically abused me for years".

Wood, 33, who dated Manson, 52, from around 2007 and was briefly engaged to him in 2010, made the accusation in an Instagram post.

"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," she wrote.

"I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission."

Three other women on Monday also posted accusations on Instagram against Manson of emotional and psychological abuse in the last 10 years.

Manson's record label, Loma Vista Recordings, said that in light of the "disturbing allegations" by Wood and other women the company "will cease to further promote his current album effective immediately."

"Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects," the Loma Vista statement said.

Representatives for Manson did not return requests for comment on Monday. The singer-songwriter is known for his Gothic-inspired black outfits and heavy make-up. His hits include The Dope Show and Personal Jesus.

Wood had testified before the US Congress and California Senate about her experience with domestic violence and rape without identifying who was responsible.

Asked about Wood's testimony in a 2020 interview with British magazine Metal Hammer, Manson's representatives said in a statement; "Personal testimony is just that, and we think it's inappropriate to comment on that... There are also numerous articles over multiple years where Evan Rachel Wood speaks very positively about her relationship with Manson."

Wood started her career as a child actor in such films as Thirteen. Other credits include The Wrestler and the TV series Mildred Pierce.

She said on Monday that she was "done living in fear of retaliation, slander and blackmail... I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent".

Australian Associated Press