Marilyn Manson speaks out on sexual harassment: ‘Tell the police, not the media’

He is asked about his ex-fiancée Rose McGowan.

Marilyn Manson has spoken out about the ongoing sexual harassment storm in the entertainment industry.

In an interview with Channel 4, Manson was asked about the wave of allegations, including those made by his ex-girlfriend Rose McGowan against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

“I’m not surprised by it, but I didn’t really know much about it when I was with her,” said Manson.

“I just think, I don’t want it to turn the whole world’s attention from the artistic element of Hollywood and movies and films to be ruined by this.

Marilyn Manson

“There’s serious allegations, and they’re always allegations of course, but when someone starts complaining about something that happened that seems a little bit not as serious as really sexual assault, I think that’s insulting to people that have been sexually assaulted.

“It pisses me off that when someone says, ‘Someone gave me an inappropriate gift’ or something. That’s not the same as being harmed.

“I’m a very vengeful person, I’m very protective of loved ones, especially in relationships, but I never really… that wasn’t part of our relationship in the past.

“I don’t want to see it turn Hollywood into something that takes away from films being made – that’s not to disrespect the people making the allegations.

“If you have something to say you should say it to the police and not to the press and handle it that way first and foremost, and that’s what I would do.”

Manson added of the allegations continuing to dominate the news: “It makes you feel like you can’t even say… go and meet her [motions off camera] and say, I might look at her the wrong way and be accused of something wrong.

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan

“I think the world needs to balance itself out with what’s the proper way of dealing with this type of situation.

“You’re speaking about my ex-fiancée – I don’t disagree with how she’s handling it.

“I just disagree with the entire snowball effect that’s happened that could ruin a lot of people’s lives that don’t need to be ruined.”

In October, Manson parted ways with Twiggy Ramirez – real name Jeordie White – after allegations of rape were made against the bassist.

Following the allegations, Ramirez issued a statement reading: “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 apologise and truly regret it.”

Manson later replaced Ramirez with Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete.