The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said it would be investigating domestic abuse allegations against the rock musician known as Marilyn Manson.
Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner, had recent domestic abuse accusations against him by former fiance, actress Evan Rachel Wood. Wood had testified in domestic violence congressional hearings in the past, but did not name her accuser.
“The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood. Manson has denied the allegations of abuse, calling his accusers’ statements “horrible distortions of reality,” The Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau said in a statement.
The allegations from Wood came on Feb. 1, and on Feb. 4, LAPD reportedly conducted a wellness check on Manson, as police were seen on his Hollywood Hills property. Close friends attempted to contact Manson that day and were met with no response, leading to the the check, according to TMZ reports.
After the allegations were made public, Manson was released from his contract with Loma Vista Recordings.
In response to the allegations, Manson responded with a social media post, saying:
“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.”