Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez has been accused of raping Jack Off Jill lead singer Jessicka Addams.
Addams, now 41, detailed the alleged sexual assault in a lengthy Facebook post on Friday. “He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck,” she wrote. “I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved.”
Addams and Ramirez (whose real name is Jeordie White) start dating in the ’90s, when Addams was only 18-years-old. According to the Jack Off Jill singer, the alleged assault occurred in their friend Pete’s apartment.
The singer confessed she did not publicize the allegations sooner over fear of being blackballed. “The label blatantly feared the big machine behind Marilyn Manson would use their power to destroy not only Jack Off Jill, but my name, Jessicka, as well,” she explained. “The pressure and guilt of the inevitable repercussions of my rape story affecting my band’s livelihood, happiness and success kept me silent for years.”
Shock rocker Manson addressed the accusations in a statement to Pitchfork. “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend,” he said. “I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.” White left Manson’s band in 2002 before returning in 2008. In the past, he also performed in Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle.
Addams concluded her statement with a message of unity. “For women to own our power we must stand up for each other,” she said. “It’s the only way we can confront and combat men who think they hold power over us. I am thankful to know that there are men out there who do not share this gross ideology and stand with us.”
“This is an intersectional uphill battle for women and the men who are scared for their reputation with other men to defend us.”
Following Addams’ allegation, Manson issued a tweet announcing he has “decided to part ways” his longtime bass player.
Manson’s announcement was applauded by Addams, who thanked him in a Twitter reply, adding: “I am truly at a loss for words.”