Manson himself has bragged about it in an old interview and said, "If anyone’s bad, I can lock them in it, and it’s soundproof."
Trigger warning: The story contains details of relationship abuse that might be distressing to some readers.
It was his provocative, outlandish, and demon-like persona that made the media and fans gobble his music up for several years. But behind the dark veneer he created for himself, Marilyn Manson was able to hide his sexual predatory behavior and get away with torturing a number of women over the years.
The accused sexual abuser, whose real name is Brian Warner, has allegedly made women suffer physical, mental, and sexual abuse while he dated them. Manson expected his girlfriends to remain on such a tight leash that he would banish them to the "Bad Girls’ Room" inside his apartment for negligible mistakes.
This "Bad Girls' Room" was initially a tiny glass enclosure that a previous tenant soundproofed with foam so he could make some music at home. Once Manson moved into the apartment in West Hollywood, he turned the glass enclosure into a solitary-confinement cell, where he locked up his girlfriends and tortured them for hours.
Marilyn Manson was a media darling for years, reveling in his provocative persona. Offstage, exes allege, he was an abuser who made their lives hell. [TW: Graphic allegations of sexual assault and abuse.] https://t.co/7Y5DvAHz02— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 15, 2021
"At first, he made it sound cool. Then, he made it sound very punitive," Ashley Morgan Smithline, who is suing the musician on several grounds including sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment, told Rolling Stone.
"Even if I was screaming, no one would hear me," Smithline added. "First you fight, and he enjoys the struggle. I learned to not fight it, because that was giving him what he wanted. I just went somewhere else in my head."
It turns out that the "Bad Girls' Room" wasn't exactly a well-kept secret. Manson himself would brag about the room in public and has raved about locking women up.
"He always had a joking, bragging tone," said Ashley Walters, a former assistant who is suing Manson for sexual assault and other charges.
In an interview with a magazine in 2012, Manson himself boasted about the room and said, "If anyone’s bad, I can lock them in it, and it’s soundproof."
Over the past year alone, more than a dozen women have accused Manson of abusing them sexually and psychologically. The group of women includes actress Esmé Bianco, who said Manson has bitten, whipped, and electrocuted her without her consent. Bianco revealed that Manson has raped and would verbally abuse her during their two-year relationship.
Apart from not being allowed to sleep or eat at times, Bianco was once terrorized by Manson after he ran behind her with an ax and chased her around the apartment. Saying she was "crowding him," Manson went on banging the walls and smashing holes as he chased after her.
"That was a final-straw moment for me,” Bianco said. The actress felt the "imminent danger for [her] life" and said her "best attempt to survive" was to just leave.
If you are outraged after reading the @RollingStone and @latimes articles about the numerous physical, sexual and psychological abuses committed by Brian Warner aka Marilyn Manson and want to support his victims, you can HELP. Here’s how (thread) pic.twitter.com/DZKWW6xSW9— Esmé Bianco (@esmebianco) November 15, 2021
Coming forward and speaking about Manson's abuse is difficult as it is for these women, but they also have to deal with threats from the musician's fans. Bianco said some of these fans even pull up next to her house and wait outside for days together.
"Why have I done this?" she sometimes asks herself upon seeing the fans' reactions. She then added, "I really just have to hold onto the fact that if nobody speaks up, then nothing changes... Nothing could be a better outcome for me than him spending the rest of his life in jail."
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse at home or in a relationship, help is available. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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