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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18: Musicians Marilyn Manson (L) and Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson arrive at Spike TV's 2008 Scream awards held at the Greek Theater on October 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Twiggy Ramirez is speaking out about rape allegations by a former girlfriend that led to his ouster from Marilyn Manson this week.

The bassist, who’s also worked with Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle, has been accused of rape and other abuses by Jessicka Addams of Jack Off Jill during the 90s. Manson announced that he was “parting ways” with Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) on Tuesday, Oct. 24, though claimed he knew nothing about the alleged incidents.

After terming the split “a leave of absence,” Ramirez has issued a new statement saying that, ““I have only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago. I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. I will be taking some time to spend with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. If I have caused anyone pain I apologize and truly regret it.”

Addams, meanwhile, tweeted thanks to Manson for his quick and decisive action, writing that “I am truly at a loss for words.” Addams has not indicated whether she intends to pursue any legal action against Ramirez, who was with Manson from 1993-2002 and from 2008 until this week.

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