Reznor, in a statement shared with Pitchfork, addressed a passage in Manson’s 1998 autobiography The Long Hard Road Out of Hell which has resurfaced in the wake of the allegations. The passage describes Manson and Reznor sexually assaulting a drunk woman while on tour together in the 1990s. Reznor has described this as “a complete fabrication.”
The statement in full reads: “I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.”
Reznor has expressed his anger about the passage in the book several times. One example comes from a Kerrang interview in 1999, where he said: “There was a lot of revisionist history going on with the storytelling to make his position seem a little better. Some of these things are the reason there’s now no communication between us.”
“If certain people do certain things which cross a line of what is decent, I don’t deal with them any more,” he continued. “With Manson, that line has been crossed. He said some very ignorant, mean, malicious things. You can believe me or you can believe someone else, but on that tour I was peripherally involved as an observer, and suddenly I’m pictured as the ringleader. It’s just stirring up shit. That friendship was a big fuck-up for me.”
Since the allegations, a California Senator has called for an FBI investigation into Manson. He has also been dropped from his current record label, as well as two TV roles. Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, who played in Manson’s band in the late 2000s, also said in an interview: “Every single thing that people have said about [Manson] is fucking true,” Borland said. “So relax about the allegations towards the women. Like when people [criticise] these women that are coming after him right now, fuck off, they are speaking the truth.”
Manson has released a statement calling the accusations “horrible distortions of reality.”
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