Twiggy Ramirez Responds to Rape Allegations, Split With Marilyn Manson | Revolver

Twiggy Ramirez Responds to Rape Allegations, Split With Marilyn Manson

"I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind"
Marilyn Manson Twiggy Ramirez 2012 GETTY, Chelsea Lauren/FilmMagic
Marilyn Manson and Twiggy Ramirez, 2012
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UPDATE 2: Jeordie White, A.K.A. Twiggy Ramirez, has issued a statement addressing the rape allegations against him and his split with Marilyn Manson. The full statement, as quoted on Pitchfork, reads: "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 apologize and truly regret it."

UPDATE 1: Following the rape accusations leveled against Jeordie White, A.K.A. Twiggy Ramirez, last Friday, Marilyn Manson has split with his longtime bassist and collaborator. Manson broke the news via social media. "I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson," he wrote. "He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well." "This is a sad day," Manson added on Instagram.

ORIGINAL STORY, POSTED OCTOBER 21ST: Jessicka Addams, frontwoman of the riot grrrl band Jack Off Jill, has accused her ex-boyfriend, Marilyn Manson's longtime bassist Jeordie White, A.K.A. Twiggy Ramirez, of raping and abusing her during their relationship in the Nineties. She leveled the allegations in an in-depth and very disturbing Facebook post yesterday. She said that her relationship with White began when she was 18, and that it eventually devolved into physical and emotional abuse.

Addams expressed feelings of guilt over her silence about the abuse over the last 20 years, and claimed that her record company had warned her in 1997 that going public with the accusations could have a severe impact on her reputation and career. "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," she said. "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."

Manson has released a statement about the accusations, Pitchfork reports. "I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend," he said. "I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka's obvious distress."

White was a member of Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in the early Nineties and continued to play with Manson until 2002 when he split with the shock rocker. He returned to Manson's band in 2008, and has also played with Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle.