We reported in October that Marilyn Manson was parting musical ways with bassist Twiggy Ramirez after he was accused of rape. Manson has now spoken out about Twiggy’s departure, claiming that there was more to it than the assault allegations.
Twiggy Ramirez’ real name is Jeordie White, and was last year accused of rape and sexual assault by former partner Jessicka Addams, who is the lead singer of riot girl band ‘Jack Off Jill’. Following these allegations, Manson revealed that Twiggy would no longer be bassist in Manson’s band. It was believed at the time that it was down to the allegations but now Manson has said that there was more at play.
I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well.
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) October 25, 2017
“I did not divorce Twiggy as a friend or brother, because I still care about him greatly,” Manson told Kerrang. “But I can’t say that my musical relationship with Twiggy has been good for several years. My relationship with Tyler Bates on [2015’s] ‘The Pale Emperor’ made something open up in me and I didn’t want to let negative energy back in my life.”
He continued: “There were other people in my life that I thought were my friends that I had to cut out this year, a lot of betrayals that surprised me, and I had to clean house and adopt a new attitude. People mistook my kindness and generosity for weakness. So I kinda adapted this attitude, like, ‘If you fuck with me, there will be consequences.’ I have issues with intimacy. That might sound weird given that we’re lying in bed together, but y’know…”
Ramirez replied to the allegations at the time, saying: “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 apologise and truly regret it.”
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