Wes Borland is mostly known for his work with Limp Bizkit, but the guitarist also played with Marilyn Manson briefly between 2008 and 2009 and now Borland is speaking out in support of the abuse victims that have come forward against Manson.
On a recent podcast, Borland said “every single thing that people have said about [Manson]” is true.
Borland was interviewed by Twitch channel Space Zebra and Borland felt the need to speak out. He said: “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 fucking true. So relax about the allegations towards the women… like when people say [bad things about] these women that are coming after him right now… fuck 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 fucked 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 fucking guy.
“I was there when he was with Evan Rachel Wood, I was at his house, it’s not fucking 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,’ fuck 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.” [transcription via MetalSucks]
Borland then recalled one time when Manson assaulted him "He tried to choke me out on stage and I flipped him over and knocked the breath out of him. He’s not a great guy. Goodbye. My apologies. I was the biggest fan and [now] I am not.” Watch the video at the bottom of this post.
Borland was asked about his experience with Manson in a 2016 interview and was far more vague, saying "It was entertaining and simultaneously inspiring, and also a letdown at the same time. That guy is one of the funniest, quickest-witted people I've ever met, but he really needs to be healthier. He needs to start working on his inner organs and stop abusing them so much, because they're going to fail him."
Evan Rachel Wood officially named Brian Warner, a.k.a. Marilyn Manson, as her abuser on February 1, 2021. Footage surfaced last year of Wood's testimony in front of California state senators last to create the Phoenix Act in California. The law extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence felonies from three to five years, as well as requiring police officers to undergo more training in regards to domestic partner violence.
As Wood made her announcement, she was signal-boosting other women who began speaking of the abuse they alleged Manson caused to them. She also boosted a Twitter thread from this past fall of a former Manson personal assistant backing her claims. Another accuser has since come forward saying Manson pulled a gun on her and accused him of drugging his girlfriend at the time.
Wood's testimony detailed being mentally and physically tortured by an older man when she was 18-years-old. It was public knowledge that Wood began dating Marilyn Manson in 2006 when she was 18 and he was 36. You can see the details of her accusations here.
Manson released a statement calling the accusations "horrible distortions of reality" saying his intimate relationships "have always been consensual." Read his full statement here.