A shocking account—that surprises no one with any knowledge of the Marilyn Manson camp—that adds another victim’s testimony about rape, abuse, and harassment in the music community.
By Fred Mills
Jeordie White, the legal name of notorious Marilyn Manson (and, later, Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle) bassist Twiggy Ramirez, has been accused of rape. Late yesterday (Oct. 20). Jack Off Jill lead singer Jessicka Addams posted to Facebook about the incident, which allegedly happened to her in the ‘90s during a period when the two were dating.
The above link will take you to her full statement. It reads, in part:
“I have lived with the overwhelming shame and guilt of being raped for well over 20 years now. Like many survivors, I unknowingly hid an abusive relationship in a most unhealthy way, masking it behind a fun loving, creatively artistic facade I struggled to wear on the outside world. Since I roamed in similar musical circles and shared many friends with this rapist, the shock of bumping into him in social situations would leave me sick to my stomach…
“In 1997, I was warned by my band’s record company that if I revealed my story publically, there would be a very good chance that my band Jack Off Jill would be black balled by concert promoters, radio programmers, and other bands and their managers. Jack Off Jill was also warned of running the risk of losing our coveted record deal (which they gave us!!,) as they were certain no one would ever take a rape victim in this male dominated music business seriously, nevermind a ferocious, disenfranchised, outspoken overweight front woman such as myself!…
“After much needed therapy, and long mindful and emotional discussions with my closest friends and family who kept my secret “safe” for me all these years, I have finally made the right decision. To tell MY STORY… [Addams next relates numerous incidents of physical and psychological abuse while she and White were dating and/or living together.]
“During a short break on tour [with Marilyn Manson] opening for Nine Inch Nails, Jeordie returned home to what was just Pete’s apartment, as I was now staying with friends. I knew at that point that Jeordie had not been faithful on tour, including being with women whom I to this day respect and considered my musical contemporaries. All this led to an argument I never saw coming. He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck. 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. That night I slept in Pete’s bed and cried myself to sleep. Neither of us discussed it until years later as we both had our own shame about not reporting it.
“It’s never easy to tell the truth when you know how much backlash you’ll receive.
But feeling guilt and shame about now knowing I am not my rapist’s only survivor has been an even worse albatross to bear…
“Some of you reading this may know Jeordie White. You might know him as the funny guy who you shared a moment with. Or the guy who held the door for you when you left the gig. Or the cool guy who played on your last album. I know first hand that Jeordie, but I also have lived with and survived the other, less known Jeordie White.
“For women to own our power we must stand up for each other. 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.
“To those of you who are reading this and it has allowed you to come to terms with your demons, I am sending you all of the love in my heart, the support I can offer, and the respect you all so deserve.”
According to Pitchfork.com, Manson (aka Brian Warner) himself has subsequently released a statement about Addams and White, who left the Marilyn Manson band in 2002 then returned I 2008: “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend. I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.”
Warner and other members of the Manson band are not particularly known for their sensitivity towards women’s issues—or to women, period, as anyone who has read the Neil Strauss biography of Manson, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, published in 1998, can attest. See: sex, drugs, rock and roll, groupies, exploitation of fans.
In addition, go HERE to read another post from Addams regarding sexual assault and what it does to the victims – she indicated that she would also be donating a percentage of all sales (presumably from royalties, merch, and bookings to RAINN.