Musician Marilyn Manson has been accused of abuse by multiple women, with allegations ranging from sexual assault to psychological abuse.
The cascade of allegations began in early February when actor Evan Rachel Wood and at least four other women spoke out against Manson on social media. Several other women came forward in the days that followed.
The 52-year-old shock rocker, whose real name is Brian Warner, has denied the allegations, calling them “horrible distortions of reality” and claiming his “intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual.”
Two male security guards filed lawsuits against Manson in the early 2000s, accusing him of sexually assaulting them at his concerts by rubbing his crotch on their heads without consent. The charges were dismissed in one case and Manson reached a private settlement in the other.
In early July, the singer surrendered to authorities on an outstanding warrant related to an incident where he allegedly spit on a female videographer in August 2019. His attorneys have denied the claim, and Manson was released without bail on the condition that he not contact the videographer.
Here’s a list of the people we know of so far who have made allegations:
1. Evan Rachel Wood
The “Westworld” actor accused Manson of grooming her when she was a teenager and “horrifically” abusing her for several years. The pair met in 2006 when she was 18 and he was 36. They dated on and off until 2010.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood wrote in an Instagram post, adding: “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.”
Wood testified about her experiences with sexual assault and domestic violence before Congress in 2018 and before the California Senate in 2019. She did not name her abuser while testifying, though many fans speculated at the time that she had been referring to Manson.
2. Ashley Walters
Walters, a photographer, said she worked for Manson as his personal assistant after he reached out to her on social media in 2010. She said he subjected her to “psychological abuse” and frequently feared for her safety in his presence.
“In the beginning, he’d put me on a pedestal and would tell me I was saving his life,” Walters wrote in a post on Instagram. “He was very skilled at gaslighting his inner circle ... He would dictate the parameters of our reality. Horrifying, deranged behavior, and insane scenarios became normalized.”
“It felt like I was his property because he would offer me up for sexual encounters to please potential collaborators or friends,” she added. “He isolated me from my friends and family. ... He frequently became violent, throwing items including glass plates and heavy objects.”
Walters said she continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression stemming from her time with Manson.
3. Sarah McNeilly
McNeilly, a model, said Manson “lured” her in by “posing as the perfect boyfriend.” She said he soon began to abuse her by isolating her from friends, locking her in rooms and verbally berating her for hours.
“I was emotionally abused, terrorized and scarred,” McNeilly wrote in an Instagram post. “I was locked in rooms when I was ‘bad’, sometimes forced to listen to him entertaining other women. Kept away from certain friends or if I didn’t he would threaten to come after them. I was told stories of others who tried to tell their story and their pets ended up dead.”
“I was thrown up against a wall and he threatened to bash my face in with the baseball bat he was holding, for trying to get him to pick out a pair of pants prior to a music video,” she continued. “I witnessed him staging problems or hiding missing objects in order to justify his violent outbursts.”
Like Wood and Walters, McNeilly said she has PTSD and mental health issues because of these experiences.
4. Scarlett Kapella
Kapella has alleged Manson subjected her to emotional, physical and sexual abuse after pursuing her in 2011 while she was modeling in Mexico City.
“I had respected him as an artist and was thrilled he wanted to work with me and wanted to paint me,” she posted on Instagram. “He would go from charming & loving to complete monster behavior. ... He exploited an unequal power dynamic and put me in a place of fear, controlling when I was allowed to speak, what outfits and color lipstick I could wear.”
5. An anonymous accuser
An artist alleged Manson tied her up, deprived her of sleep and forced her to take drugs during their roughly six-month relationship. She said she attempted to kill herself at one point while they were dating.
“I met Brian Warner, known as Marilyn Manson, backstage in October 2015,” the woman wrote in an Instagram post. (The account has since been deleted.) “I was 22 and he was 46. ... The second time we met he broke a wine glass in the hotel room and demanded we make a blood pact together. He cut both our hands with the broken glass.”
“He told me he loved me two weeks after we met and invited me to go on tour with him in Europe,” she added. “I do not have fond memories of this tour though as things had gone downhill quickly. He would tie me up for the first of many times and rape me.”
“He called me crazy,” she continued. “He called me autistic. He knew that my relatives are black and that I too share that DNA and would make fun of my race. ... He would often brag about being affiliated with the MS 13 gang and that he could have me or anyone killed.”
6. Ashley Lindsay Morgan
Morgan, an actor and model, said she first met Manson when he reached out to her around 2009. She said their relationship turned “dark” quickly.
“There was abuse, sexual violence, physical violence and coercion,” Morgan wrote in an Instagram post. “I still feel the affects everyday. I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety and most crippling OCD.”
“He would throw me out of the house in next to no clothing if I fell asleep at 3 am,” she added. “He made me feel like him cutting me, burning me, his fist in my mouth was ‘our thing.’ ... I know he is still doing this to a rotating door of young girls, and causing irreparable damage.”
7. Torii Lynn
Lynn, who runs a Los Angeles-based vintage clothing and jewelry shop, said she experienced Manson’s abuse “first hand.”
“It’s taken me years to truly understand the damage he has done to me, plus of the people I love most in this world,” Lynn wrote in an Instagram Story. “Marilyn Manson is an abuser.”
8. Chløë Black
Black, a musician, said she was subjected to Manson’s alleged abuse 10 years ago, claiming he deprived her of sleep, verbally abused her and physically hurt her.
“He said many racist and anti-semitic things and laughed at my outrage,” Black wrote in an Instagram post. “He belittled me for listening to ‘black people music.’ When he flew into a rage he had a growling animalistic scream and threw glasses at walls.”
“One night I thought he was actually going to kill me,” she continued. “He confided something so dark, violent and incriminating that I thought there was no way he was going to let me leave that house alive.”
9. Louise Keay Bell
Keay Bell, an artist and writer, alleged Manson emotionally and financially abused her for several years beginning when she was 19 years old.
“I looked up to him and he took advantage of my trust, exploited me, emotionally and financially abused me and tried to control me,” Kaey Bell wrote in an Instagram post. “After speaking out I experienced harassment, stalking and cyberbullying, some of this from people associated with him.”
10. Love Bailey
Bailey, a queer fashion stylist, alleged Manson pulled a gun on her during a photo shoot in 2011.
“So I show up to Marilyn’s house,” Bailey said in a video posted to Instagram. “As we were getting ready, you know, I’m like trying to put the couture together and just do my job. I was 20 years old. I was a young, naive stylist.”
Bailey said she was called into Marilyn’s “boudoir” where he and an actress had just finished having sex.
“She was blackout wasted,” Bailey said of the actress. “I don’t know if this was from pills. She was not coherent at all. She was stumbling over. She hurt her knee on the bedside table and Marilyn laughed at her.”
“And so I ran over to help [the actress],” she continued. “Marilyn pulls a gun to my head ... and he pulls a Glock straight to my forehead and says, ‘I don’t like faggots’ as he laughs in a really dark, aggressive tone. This wasn’t a joke.”
“I remember being stunned in that moment,” she added. “I felt powerless. ... So long I’ve been silent, but now I think it’s time. I think it’s time I come clean about my story, about my experience.”
11. Charlyne Yi
Yi, an actor, alleged in 2018 that Manson harassed her and other women while visiting the set of the TV series “House.” She said he made inappropriate sexual comments to the women and called her a “China man.”
“I stand with the survivors who have shared about Brian Warner aka Marilyn Manson,” Yi wrote in an Instagram post Monday. “3 yrs ago I shared about Brian’s sexual harassment & white supremacy toward me.”
“At the time I deactivated my social media bc I received thousands of death threats, white supremacist remarks, etc. ― & am getting bombarded w/ the same toxicity again,” she said.
12. Ellie Rowsell
Rowsell, lead singer in the band Wolf Alice, said Manson surreptitiously recorded a video up her skirt at a music festival a few years ago.
“I met Marilyn backstage at a festival a few years ago,” Rowsell tweeted. “After his compliments towards my band became more and more hyperbolic I became suspicious of his behaviour. I was shocked to look down and see he was filming up my skirt with a gopro.”
“There were no repercussions for his behaviour, his tour manager simply said ‘he does this kind of thing all the time,’” Rowsell continued. “If he does this kind of thing all the time why on earth has he been headlining festivals for so many years? When will we stop enabling misogynists on the account of their success? Women must feel safe in the male dominated world that is the music industry.”
13. Saint Sasha
Sasha, a model and makeup artist, suggested she felt controlled and fearful of Manson during their alleged relationship in 2016. She shared an old blog post to Instagram in which she described Manson trying to control the appearances of his girlfriends.
“Some of the girls saw a much darker, angrier (to say the least) side of him that I didn’t ― but wouldn’t have been surprised if I did,” Sasha wrote in the old post, which she shared on Instagram. “There’s more to this story, and scarier sides of him that I wish I could scream at the top of my lungs but wouldn’t get away with.”
In describing the old blog, which Sasha said she wrote shortly after dating Manson, Sasha claimed she didn’t use the rocker’s name at the time for “fear of retaliation.”
“Without going into detail that I am currently not comfortable sharing, I can say he is the most terrifying human being I have ever known with more power than any one person should ever have,” she wrote on Instagram. “He has abused and silenced countless women for what I assume to be decades.”
14. Esmé Bianco
Bianco, best known for her role as Ros in “Game of Thrones,” told New York Magazine that Manson nearly “destroyed” her during their roughly two-year relationship.
She said Manson went from being a “massive role model who really helped me through some incredibly dark and difficult times as a teenager” to a “monster who almost destroyed me and almost destroyed so many women.”
The actor said Manson tried to control every aspect of her life while she lived with him — what she could wear, when she could sleep and when she could have access to his apartment. She said Manson cut her torso with a knife one time.
“I just remember laying there, and I didn’t fight it,” she told New York Magazine. “It was kind of this final-straw moment where I had lost all sense of hope and safety.”
Bianco said her breaking point came in May 2011 when Manson chased her around his apartment with an ax. She said his alleged abuse left her with physical scars and PTSD.
15. Annie Abrams
Abrams, a publicist, named Manson as her abuser. She said he repeatedly threatened her in recent months, including in text messages and social media messages that she shared on Instagram.
“He is a manipulative, psychotic, terrifying individual and I am still suffering from the complete and utter brain defrag that he has performed on me,” Abrams wrote in an Instagram post. “For the past six months, I’ve been manipulated, threatened, blackmailed ...”
“He would claim I had promised him things that I never did and then make me feel fucking awful for not doing what he’s asking me to do by threatening to kill himself,” she continued. “He would ‘joke’ about how I’m a good and nice girl but that if I did XYZ, he could make me disappear without a trace.”
16. Bianca Allaine
Allaine, an actor, told The Sun that Manson forcibly kissed her in 1995 when she was 16 years old and he was in his mid-20s. She said they had a brief relationship a few years later, during which he would routinely “humiliate” her.
“It was a very confusing relationship, and looking back I feel it was emotionally abusive,” Allaine said. “He would be very sweet one minute, and then he’d degrade me in front of his friends.”
“The worst was he once told me I looked like a dirty Mexican wh**e because I have olive skin,” she added. “He would purposely say things like that to make me feel bad about myself. ... He was giving alcohol and drugs to underage girls and touching them, all the signs were there.”
Allaine said Manson was never physically violent toward her, but that she believes all the women who have come forward against him.
A previous version of this story included the name of a Manson accuser who subsequently asked to be anonymous.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. You can also visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.