The clip, reportedly directed by Hostel director Eli Roth, appeared online earlier this week to widespread condemnation due to its upsetting and graphic content, which some have claimed “glamourises rape”.
Alongside a violent rape scene starring Del Rey and another male, the video contains footage of a bloodied woman dunking her head in water and a birthday party filled with various misfits. It has now been taken down following legal action.
Kathryn Frazier, a spokesperson for Manson said that the video had nothing to do with the Manson camp. She told Pitchfork: “Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music.
“It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage.”
The statement comes after Eli Roth spoke about the video and his involvement in an interview with Larry King last year (see below). “The footage is so sick, it’s been locked in a vault for over a year,” the director said. “But Manson is a friend.”
Marilyn Manson’s new album ‘The Pale Emperor’ is due to be released on January 19. The singer will also play Download Festival in June.