Marilyn Manson recognizes the seriousness of sexual assault allegations, but wants people to go to the police and not the media.
“I just think, I don’t want it to turn the whole world’s attention from the artistic element of Hollywood and movies and films to be ruined by this,” Manson said when asked about the string of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping Hollywood.
The shock-rocker told Channel 4, “There [are] serious allegations, and they’re always allegations of course, but when someone starts complaining about something that happened that seems a little bit not as serious as real sexual assault, I think that’s insulting to people that have been sexually assaulted.”
“It pisses me off that when someone says, ‘Someone gave me an inappropriate gift’ or something,” continued Manson. “That’s not the same as being harmed.”
Manson, 48, would prefer victims go to the police instead of the media. “I don’t want to see it turn Hollywood into something that takes away from films being made – that’s not to disrespect the people making the allegations,” he said. “If you have something to say you should say it to the police and not to the press and handle it that way first and foremost, and that’s what I would do.”
The “Beautiful People” singer also talked about his ex-fiancee Rose McGowan’s war against Harvey Weinstein. “I’m not surprised by it, but I didn’t really know much about it when I was with her,” said the musician. “You’re speaking about my ex-fiancee – I don’t disagree with how she’s handling it.”
“I just disagree with the entire snowball effect that’s happened that could ruin a lot of people’s lives that don’t need to be ruined,” he added.
Manson and McGowan were engaged in Feb. 1999, but the latter called things off in Jan. 2001 citing “lifestyle differences.”