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Trent Reznor Calls Resurfaced Sexual Assault Claim From Marilyn Manson Memoir a 'Fabrication'

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Trent Reznor attends the 34th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclay's Center on March 29, 2019 in New York City.

"I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today."

Just days after Marilyn Manson's former partner Evan Rachel Wood named the musician as her abuser, Trent Reznor issued a statement on Wednesday (Feb. 3) to denounce his onetime collaborator.

Reznor, who signed Manson to his Nothing Records label and produced his band’s 1994 album Portrait of an American Family, addressed a resurfaced anecdote from Manson's 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, in which the duo allegedly physically and sexually assaulted an intoxicated woman in the '90s.

"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 said in his statement to Pitchfork. "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."

Earlier in the week, Wood said in a statement posted to her Instagram account, "The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, 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."

She continued, "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."

Following her post, four other women came forward with similarly horrifying allegations against Manson.

The actress and activist first addressed her experience as a sexual assault survivor in late 2016, revealing that she has been raped twice, identifying one of her abusers as a significant other who abused her while they were together.

In his own statement, Manson called the claims "horrible distortions of reality."

"My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners," he wrote. "Regardless of how - and why - others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."

Since the allegations came to light, Manson was dropped by his label Loma Vista Recordings and removed from episodes of the Starz series American Gods and Shudder’s horror series Creepshow.