Former Marilyn Manson Bassist Twiggy Ramirez Responds to Rape Allegations

Twiggy Ramirez and Marilyn Manson
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Twiggy Ramirez and Marilyn Manson arrives at the 2016 Journeys AP Music Awards at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on July 18, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. 

Twiggy Ramirez has broken his silence over the sexual assault allegations which resulted in his removal from Marilyn Manson’s touring party. 

Ramirez, the long-time bass player for Manson and a former member of Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle, was the subject of a harrowing social media post shared on the weekend by Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams. In it, Addams detailed incidents of sexual and psychological abuse by Ramirez (real name Jeordie White), whom she dated in the 1990s.

Manson promptly issued a statement in which he said he “knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.” His next message was decisive. He tweeted that Ramirez was no longer a part of the band and would be replaced for the upcoming tour, which is due to start next month.

Now, Ramirez has responded. In a new statement shared with Pitchfork, the musician said that he had “only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago,” and claimed, “I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind.”

The full statement reads, “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."

While Addams has yet to comment on White’s statement, she did offer words of thanks to Marilyn Manson for his prompt action. “Thank you. I am truly at a loss for words,” she tweeted. In response to a user's question, she noted: "Discussions were had. Apologies made. That's all the fans need to know!"