Trent Reznor Condemns Marilyn Manson Following Abuse Allegations

Trent Reznor denounced his former collaborator Marilyn Manson following allegations of abuse against Manson by actress Evan Rachel Wood.

Reznor provided a statement to Pitchfork on Wednesday after an excerpt from Manson’s 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, began circulating on Twitter.

In the book, cowritten by Neil Strauss, Manson describes an incident from the ’90s where he and Reznor allegedly physically and sexually assaulted an inebriated woman. That section was reportedly from an unpublished interview with Empyrean Magazine.

“I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago,” Reznor wrote in his statement. “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.”

The Nine Inch Nails leader signed Manson to his Nothing Records imprint and coproduced multiple projects, including 1994’s Portrait of an American Family, the 1995 Smells Like Children EP and 1996’s Antichrist Superstar. But Reznor has previously criticized Manson: In a 2009 Mojo interview, he called him “a malicious guy” who “will step on anybody’s face to succeed and cross any line of decency.”

Manson reportedly claimed in 2017 to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that the pair had “mended ways after a long time” when Reznor sent him an email.

Wood, who was engaged to Manson in 2010, alleged earlier this week that the singer groomed and “horrifically abused [her] for years.” She wrote, “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail.”

Following Wood’s accusations (and, later, similar ones from other women), Manson was dropped by his record label and booking agent; two TV shows, Starz’s American Gods and Shudder’s Creepshow, decided to cut him from future episodes.

The musician denied the allegations, writing on Instagram, “My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

According to TMZ, law enforcement was called to Manson’s home Wednesday for a welfare check. Several officers reportedly visited his Hollywood Hills home and made several unsuccessful attempts to speak with the singer. Police did make contact with a representative for the singer, who confirmed he was fine.

Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, who was part of Manson’s band from August 2008 to May 2009, commented on the allegations via the Space Zebra Live Twitch channel. “He’s not a great guy. And every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true,” he said. “So relax about the allegations towards the women. Like when people say these women are coming after him right now … fuck off, they are speaking the truth.”

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Trent Reznor Condemns Marilyn Manson, Refutes Story From His Book

In the wake of abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson from the rocker’s ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood and four other women, fellow musician and former collaborator Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has rebuked Manson and affirmed his “dislike” for the performer in a new statement.

As Pitchfork reported, the Nine Inch Nails bandleader’s denouncement comes after a story about Reznor from Manson’s 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, resurfaced following Wood’s Feb. 1 accusation that Manson groomed and abused her during their relationship. In the book, Manson tells of an incident in the ’90s where he and Reznor allegedly physically and sexually assaulted an intoxicated woman.

On Wednesday (Feb. 3), Reznor refuted the tale, his defense apparently issued in response to screenshots of passages from Manson’s autobiography cropping up across social media.

“I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago,” Reznor relayed. “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.”

The story about Reznor and Manson’s supposed debauchery was meant to run in a 1995 Empyrean Magazine interview with Manson before being canceled due to content objections. Its inclusion in The Long Hard Road Out of Hell underscored Manson’s early rapport with Reznor — the Nine Inch Nails mastermind helped produce the first two Marilyn Manson albums, each released under Reznor’s Nothing Records imprint.

In 2017, as Consequence of Sound noted at the time, Manson reportedly claimed he and Reznor had made amends, maintaining the NIN frontman emailed him saying “something along the lines of, ‘Even if it pisses me off that music’s not dangerous anymore, it reminds me of how great you were and I was and that era.'”

In 2018, Wood testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security that she’d experienced “toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse which started slow but escalated over time.” Her testimony, in support of the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, did not name her purported abuser. But that changed earlier this week.

“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner,” Wood claimed via Instagram on Monday, “also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. 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. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”

Manson responded shortly after after by saying that his life and art have “long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

Following the allegations, Manson was dropped by his label and talent agency, lost his planned TV roles and had a state senator call for an investigation into his activities. Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland and another of Manson’s former loves, Rose McGowan, shared their support for the alleged victims.

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Miley Cyrus Is Singing Nine Inch Nails Again

Miley Cyrus undoubtedly has a love for Nine Inch Nails. The pop star whose cover song choices (as well as her solo material) keep leaning more rock has shared a new clip of her singing the Trent Reznor-penned Pretty Hate Machine single “Head Like a Hole,” a Nine Inch Nails classic.

Does this mean Cyrus will release a straight-ahead cover of the NIN tune? The singer already made “Head Like a Hole” her own, including in a version containing significant lyrical changes, when she performed it on the sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror. In character as the fictional Ashley O on the Series 5 finale “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” the song got a poppy, Reznor-approved re-work as “On a Roll.”

Watch Cyrus’ recent tease down toward the bottom of this post.

On Tuesday (Feb. 2), Cyrus called back to her parallel universe Black Mirror portrayal when she unveiled a candid, 17-second clip of her rehearsing “Head Like a Hole” with a band. As noted by Billboard, the singer captioned the clip “GOD MONEY I’LL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU” — the first line of the 1989 Nine Inch Nails cut, of course — and she included the hashtag #AshleyOGoneWild.

When Cyrus re-did “Head Like a Hole” on Black Mirror in 2019, it gave the Nine Inch Nails track a shot in the arm. The original saw a 300-percent spike in YouTube views after the episode’s airing.

Perhaps the singer is preparing to release a new cover version of the Nine Inch Nails staple — or maybe perform it onstage during her “TikTok Tailgate” Super Bowl bash. Cyrus fans will just have to wait and see what the artist and daughter of country music veteran Billy Ray Cyrus has up her sleeve.

Even though Miley began as a Disney star and teen sensation, she’s taken the rock route of late. Her latest album, 2020’s guitar-driven Plastic Hearts, features guest appearances from Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. To wit, she’s even been working on a Metallica covers LP.

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Reznor + Ross Twice Nominated at 2021 Golden Globes

The film world may have slowed down in 2020 due to the pandemic, but Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross remained as busy as ever. The two musicians continued their success in the film scoring world by earning two nominations when the Golden Globes nominations were revealed Wednesday morning (Feb. 3).

The pair were nominated for their scoring work on Netflix’s David Fincher-helmed movie Mank as well as Pixar’s animated favorite Soul, both of which arrived late in 2020. Soul also featured scoring work from Jon Batiste as well.

They’ll face competition in the category from Alexandre Desplat (The Midnight Sky), Ludwig Goransson (Tenet) and James Newton Howard (News of the World).

Reznor and Ross weren’t the only rockers who earned a Golden Globe nomination as Thirty Seconds to Mars vocalist Jared Leto received a nod for his acting work in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category for the film The Little Things.

The Golden Globes winners will be revealed during a Feb. 28 ceremony that will air at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on NBC. Former Saturday Night Live cast members Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the awards show.

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