American Gods will remove Manson's performance following abuse allegations

Sam Warner
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Photo credit: Toni Anne Barson/WireImage - Getty Images

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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.

American Gods has confirmed that it will remove Marilyn Manson's performance from an upcoming episode following allegations of abuse from Evan Rachel Wood.

The Westworld actress said in a social media post yesterday (February 1) that Manson was her alleged abuser, claiming that he groomed her as a teenager and "brainwashed and manipulated" her into submission.

At least four other women have since come forward with similar allegations against Manson, with accusations of psychological abuse, manipulation and physical abuse.

Photo credit: Amazon Prime
Photo credit: Amazon Prime

Starz has now revealed that Manson – who plays Johan Wengren in the TV series – will be removed from an appearance in upcoming episode of American Gods; he has already made one appearance in the season 3 premiere.

"Due to the allegations made against Marilyn Manson, we have decided to remove his performance from the remaining episode he is in, scheduled to air later this season," a Starz spokesperson said (via The Hollywood Reporter). "Starz stands unequivocally with all victims and survivors of abuse."

It has also been confirmed that a segment of the Shudder series Creepshow that starred Manson will now be replaced and not air.

Manson's label Loma Vista Recording has also dropped him in light of the allegations, saying they have decided "not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects".

In her statement, Wood said: "He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years.

The actress continued: "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."

Photo credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
Photo credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Manson has since responded, saying on social media: "Obviously, my art and my life 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."

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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