Two years since several women accused him of sexual and physical abuse in 2021, on Monday (5.15.,) Marilyn Manson shared a black-and-white photo of himself singing into a microphone.
In his first Instagram post since March 2022, the controversial singer/songwriter (born Brian Hugh Warner) wrote “I’ve got something for you to hear.” Having turned off the comments section below the photo, in his Instagram story, Manson uploaded a photo of himself and his wife holding candles from her Instagram page, which she had captioned, “There is light in the darkness.”
Marilyn’s new music announcement comes just days after Manson was handed a huge loss in his defamation case against Evan Rachel Wood as a judge struck down several of Manson’s claims in his original lawsuit. In March 2022, Manson sued Wood for defamation and emotional distress, among other charges. He accused the actress and her friend Illma Gore of casting Warner “as a rapist and abuser — a malicious falsehood that has derailed Warner’s successful music, TV, and film career.” Wood and Gore’s claims are at the center of Phoenix Rising, a documentary that premiered a few weeks after Manson filed the suit.
Multiple accusers detailed horrific allegations against Warner in interviews and in court records reviewed by Rolling Stone in late 2021 for an in-depth report of his alleged abuse. Among his accusers was Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco who alleged in her lawsuit that their relationship included a nightmarish pattern of drugs, constant monitoring, physical abuse, and sexual assault. (Bianco settled her lawsuit in January.)
A woman named Sarah McNeilly told Rolling Stone that Manson “threw me up against the wall, and he had a baseball bat in his hand, and he said he’s gonna fucking smash my face in,” while former assistant Ashley Walters’ lawsuit alleged that Manson would “offer her up” to his friends, encouraging her to “please his friends in whatever way they desired.” (Walters’ lawsuit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations.)
The musician is currently facing two sexual abuse lawsuits, both by Jane Does. He has denied the allegations.