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Wes Borland, who’s a former guitarist for Marilyn Manson, has sounded off regarding the recent abuse allegations from a number of Manson’s exes.

As transcribed by Metal Sucks, Borland said during a live stream on the Space Zebra Twitch channel, “Can I say something right now, real quick? Marilyn Manson… I was in the band for nine months. He’s not a great guy. Every single thing that people have said about him is f—ing true. So relax about the allegations towards the women…like when people say [bad things about] these women that are coming after him right no…f— off, they are speaking the truth. I’m sorry to everyone on this podcast right now who doesn’t like this. But that guy, he’s amazingly talented, but he’s f—ed up and he needs to be put in check and he needs to get sober and he needs to come to terms with his demons. He is a bad f—ing guy.”

Borland continued, “I was there when he was with Evan Rachel Wood, I was at his house, it’s not f—ing cool. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. If anyone is coming after these girls and going like, ‘You blah blah blah, this and that,’ f— you, that’s all I’m gonna say. Sorry to take this to a dark place, but that guy is canceled, goodbye, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

On Monday (February 1), Manson’s ex-fiance Evan Rachel Wood, who has spoken often, and on the record, about abuse that she suffered at the hands of a previously-unnamed ex, issued a statement identifying her abuser as Manson. Following Wood’s statement, Vanity Fair also published statements of four additional women who came forward accusing Manson of abusive behavior.

In the fallout from these allegations, Manson has been dropped from upcoming TV roles, dropped from his label and dropped from talent agency CAA. California State Senator Susan Rubio has also submitted a formal request to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and FBI Director Christopher Ray calling for an investigation into Manson’s abuse allegations.

In response to the allegations, Manson issued a brief statement that read, “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. 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.”

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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