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Controversial singer Marilyn Manson is now under criminal investigation just weeks after a number of women leveled a series of disturbing allegations against him on social media.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday that it has stepped in to conduct a formal investigation into domestic violence allegations against the 52-year-old musician.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau is investigating allegation(s) of domestic violence involving Mr. Brian Warner also known as “Marilyn Manson,” who works in the music industry,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement to Oxygen.com. “The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood.”
Actress Evan Rachel Wood, Manson's former fiancée, spoke out earlier this month in a post on Instagram saying she had been “horrifically abused” by the singer during their time together.
“I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission,” she wrote. “I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
Other women connected to the singer also began to come forward with their own allegations, including “Game of Thrones” actress Esmé Bianco, who left her husband to live with the singer for several months in 2011.
Bianco told The Cut that Manson had been a “monster who almost destroyed me and almost destroyed so many women.” She alleged that during their brief and volatile relationship together, he had cut her with a knife, whipped her and chased her with an ax.
“He’s not a misunderstood artist,” she told the outlet. “He deserves to be behind bars for the rest of his life.”
More than a dozen other women, including photographer Ashley Walters, model Sarah McNeilly and queer fashion stylist Love Bailey, have also accused the star of disturbing and violent abuse, according to The Huffington Post.
It's not clear what specific allegations authorities are now investigating.
Shortly after Wood opened up about her alleged abuse, Manson took to social media himself to deny the allegations.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” he wrote. “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.”
His record label, Loma Vista Recordings and longtime booking agent CAA, have both dropped the musician in light of the controversy.
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