Last week, Marilyn Manson’s longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) was accused of rape by his ex-girlfriend, Jessicka Addams of the band Jack Off Jill. On Tuesday night, Manson announced via Twitter that White had been fired from his band and will be replaced for their upcoming tour. He also posted a screenshot of said tweet on Instagram, captioned “This is a sad day.”
Last Friday, October 20, Addams posted a lengthy note to Facebook, which outlined graphic details of a violent rape that allegedly occurred during the ‘90s, when she was 18:
“He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck. I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved. That night I slept in Pete’s bed and cried myself to sleep.”
Addams claims that she remained silent for years fearing that no one in the industry would believe her, that she’d be blackballed by promoters, and that she’d lose her record deal:
“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. 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 released a statement following the allegations, claiming that he “knew nothing about these allegations until very recently” and was “saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.”
We have reached out to representatives for White and Manson, and will update this post if we hear back.
Update (10.26, 11:20 a.m.): Yesterday, White shared a statement with Pitchfork. “I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind,” he writes. “If I have caused anyone pain, I apologize and truly regret it.” Read his full statement below:
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.