This year, a number of women have come out and accused musician Marilyn Manson of physical and emotional abuse, including rape. Rolling Stone reported on these and new accusations in a long story with a lot of disturbing details. One of those details is a story about a soundproof room in his home in West Hollywood that was once used as a recording booth, about the size of changing room.
Manson allegedly referred to it as the “Bad Girls Room,” and used it as a way to threaten or punish them. He has admitted to its use, saying in an interview in 2012, “If anyone’s bad, I can lock them in it, and it’s soundproof.”
A woman named Ashley Morgan Smithline is now suing him for sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment, saying he kept her there for hours at a time. She said, “At first he made it sound cool. Then he made it sound very punitive. Even if I was screaming, no one would hear me….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.”
Manson’s last post to Instagram was in February, and it addressed the accusations against him, including those from one of his high-profile exes, Evan Rachel Woods.
“Obviously, my art and 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.”
Many of the women who Manson is dismissing say they have experienced similar things in their relationships with him—he controls their eating and sleeping habits, plies them with drugs, and escalates the sexual scenarios between them. Many also say they had consensual sex with Manson at one point and were then assaulted later. While he is known as a controversial artist, this may be more of a matter of hiding in plain sight.