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Unraveling the Meaning of Marilyn Manson's New Teaser Video

Marilyn Manson's new teaser video, by which he announced his new record label Nuclear Blast and introduced us to new music after nearly four years, is also rich with imagery and symbolism in its brief one minute and ten second duration. It's not clear if this teaser is complete in itself or just a portion of something else to come, nonetheless I observed a possible explanation as to what we may be looking at, and I wanted to share my thoughts and open it up to criticism so we can arrive at the truth. From what we have gathered so far, we know that Manson is bringing back the imagery of the Tryptich ( Antichrist Superstar , Mechanical Animals , Holy Wood ), with a special emphasis on the revolutionary theme of Holy Wood , since a parallel is being drawn to what inspired its creation (Manson being blamed for inspiring the Columbine shooters, the cancelation of his tour that ensued and his ultimate comeback) with Manson's current troubles of accusations against him and his s

Actress Paz de la Huerta DENIES Highly Publicized Claim That Marilyn Manson Sexually Assaulted Her

"Some people tried to get me to say that Marilyn Manson raped me, 
but it wasn't true." - Paz de la Huerta

In a recent interview with the Italian publication Mow Mag (April 27, 2024), actress Paz de la Huerta was asked what she thought about the well-known Johnny Depp and Kevin Spacey cases, and her response was as follows (translated from the original Italian):

"As for Johnny, I think he's really innocent. Some people tried to get me to say that Marilyn Manson raped me, but it wasn't true. I've been a real victim of Weinstein and other people who are going to pay, but I tell you that I know women who have lied. I didn't follow Kevin Spacey's trial, but I think it's a very different case than Depp's. However, in general, rape is a horrible thing, it ruins lives. I know something about it."

Though it is a very brief and understandably overlooked mention, her statement about Marilyn Manson is very significant as the first public statement Paz has made about the highly publicized sexual assault allegations made public on Instagram by trans activist Love Bailey over three years ago on February 2, 2021, which is the day after Evan Rachel Wood and others called out Manson on Instagram with their own allegations.

According to Love Bailey's allegations on an Instagram video that day, she claimed that when she was 20 years old in 2011, when she was a fashion stylist for a new modeling magazine called Lovecats under the name Brett Bailey, photographer Ellen von Unwerth was going to shoot the premier cover story for Lovecats (July 2011) with Paz de la Huerta as the model and Marilyn Manson's recording studio/apartment on Santa Monica Boulevard as the setting. When Bailey arrived in order to dress Paz, she was directed to go to the bedroom. There she claims to have seen Manson's bed with "sex stained sheets" where Manson and Paz finished "whatever they were doing." Then she noticed Paz "blacked out wasted" and "not coherent at all." After Paz stubbed her knee against the bedside table, Manson laughed at her as she crawled on the floor and Bailey went to help her. As she was helping her get up and regain her balance, Manson then pulled a "big metal glock" and pointed it straight to her forehead, saying: "I don't like faggots - mahahahaha!" in a "dark, aggressive tone." Bailey recalls being "stunned" in that moment, and as she recalls this incident on her Instagram video, she gets very emotional with tearless crying.

In her Instagram stories that same day, Bailey adds the details that she was told to wait in the "waiting room" as Manson and Paz "finish up." During this time, Bailey was hearing "loud moaning" coming from the room where Manson and Paz were. It should be noted that when making her Instagram posts, Love Bailey included a photo of Manson and his then girlfriend Lindsay Usich from a photoshoot in 2016 that was shot by Ellen von Unwerth, but no context is added, probably because Love Bailey herself was also a part of this photoshoot as a model in 2016 with the same people she is now accusing.

Within hours that same day, at 5:16 PM on February 2nd 2021, Daily Beast reported on Love Bailey's story as an "Exclusive" and a "Horror Story", having immediately contacted her after she posted her video on Instagram. There Bailey recounts her story, but adds some details. “I had to crawl over stained sheets to get to her and as I did so he put a big Glock to my forehead,” Love Bailey said. It is also reported that as Manson pulled the trigger, he let out a laugh and said, “I don’t like faggots.” It was also reported that Love Bailey "believes it was a way for Warner to 'scare me into submission, so I wouldn’t talk.'" Because of this incident, Love Bailey says she now suffers from PTSD.

The next day, on February 3rd 2021, Love Bailey was interviewed by W Radio Columbia and added even more details. First she says that before going into the bedroom to dress Bailey, she heard moaning coming from inside the bedroom. Second, she claims to have seen lubricant on the bed along with the sex stains. Third, she assumes Paz was drugged to not be coherent. Fourth, when Paz hurt her knee, she was bleeding and undressed. Fifth, when Manson pointed the gun to her forehead, after he laughed, he pulled the trigger. Sixth, she was so mortified after this, that she packed her things and left. Seventh, Bailey claims that Manson stole her innocence that day and she is now scarred for life, causing her recurring nightmares till this day. Eighth, she says she came public about this incident in 2017 on Facebook, despite repeatedly stating on Instagram the day prior that it was the first time she ever said anything about it. Lastly, she says that Paz and her remained in contact after the Manson incident, and Bailey even invited Paz out to her Savage Ranch (a 60 acre Queer-based "animal rescue and artist sanctuary" in Temecula, California) for a "healing session" with crystal balls and sound baths where "she was able to reconnect with nature."

Also on February 3rd 2021, one major part of the story changed. It appears Paz de la Huerta asked for her name to be removed and not mentioned along with this story and that she was "seeking legal council [sic]". For this reason Bailey edited her video to bleep out Paz's name and changed the caption on it. Also, Daily Beast removed Paz's name from their article and republished the story on February 3rd.

One clue as to why this took place comes from Paz herself, who on February 2nd 2021 commented the following under Bailey's video:

What we clearly gather from this comment is that Paz was very confused. A decade had passed from this incident, and for some reason Paz was hearing about her assault for the first time. She assumes, being a MeToo advocate, she must have blacked out the incident, and in her confused state not only calls Bailey "brave", but apologizes to her for what happened.

After this, there was silence from Paz on this issue as she sought "legal counsel". She had other things going on in her personal life that she was concentrating on, such as the fact that she had accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in 2010 on two occasions. In November 2018, Paz filed a $60 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Weinstein of raping her in 2010 and then embarking on a campaign of harassment that she contends damaged her career. Now all of a sudden, without consulting her first or receiving her permission, Love Bailey came forward publicly and made Paz into a sexual assault victim of Marilyn Manson in a highly publicized story. Paz suddenly found herself in a situation where she not only had to deal with the possibility of being raped by a good friend of hers, but the public knew about it before she did and at the same time she felt she had to apologize to Love Bailey for the emotional abuse she has suffered.

Love Bailey, as a self-proclaimed trans activist who uses past traumas "to produce politically infused artwork that aims to both shock and catalyze her community into action" (PaperMag, Dec. 12, 2022), and who has accused a number of people of being their victim, including people in the fashion industry like
Ellen von Unwerth, Heidi Fleiss and some of her own family members, was now able to add Marilyn Manson to her list of abusers, and she would do this on a number of occasions on her social media following the days of her initially coming forward with her accusations. This ultimately led to her writing a revenge song called "Hornatia" and making a music video to it, which featured her burning up a mock newspaper photo of Marilyn Manson with a headline from the 2011 incident. The music video was not meant to showcase herself as a victim, but was meant to be "a punchy look at resilience, and how joy and pleasure are the only vehicles for moving forward (and perhaps a little bit of revenge)." Upset by the lack of response and viewership to this video, which she paid for out of her own pocket, Love Bailey now mainly concentrates on anti Gay and Trans Bills being passed in legislation.

I won't analyze here all the problematic details of Love Bailey's story and will save it for a separate article, because there is much to analyze and set straight, but here I want to focus on what makes Love Bailey's story ultimately fall apart, even if there may be certain truths behind her story, like the fact that this photoshoot in 2011 actually happened and is well documented. What makes her story fall apart are all the added details, especially on what is claimed about Paz de la Huerta. If this detail in her story is wrong and even exaggerated and fabricated, then what other details could we accept as trustworthy?

It is important to keep in mind that Love Bailey admits in her February 3rd 2021 interview with W Radio Columbia that she had known Evan Rachel Wood for years and had recently been in contact with her and other "victims" of Manson, and even admits that one or more came out to her Savage Ranch and met up with her there. Also, in Evan's 2022 documentary Phoenix Rising, which is about the abuse she claims she suffered under Marilyn Manson and her attempt to get justice, there is a quick glimpse of Evan's or her then girlfriend Illma Gore's computer, and one of the files on the computer is titled "Paz de la Huerta Drunk Photoshoot". Keep in mind this documentary was filmed in 2020, and comes to an end on February 1st 2021, which means that Evan and Illma were aware of Love Bailey's story about Paz before they all came forward and named Manson as their abuser. If this is the case, then they probably also tried to contact Paz to try and join them, like they did with others.

With all this being said, and as mentioned above, Paz remained friends with Marilyn Manson and his wife Lindsay even after Love Bailey named Paz as one of his victims. We know this because Paz posted her side of the story on December 18, 2022 on her Instagram page, but because her Instagram is private, only those who follow her could see it, and she didn't want her side of the story to come out publicly until she told it. In her Instagram post, she posted photos of her with Manson's wife Lindsay, who she calls "my friend", and gives the basic facts of what happened in 2011 as far as she knows. There she clearly says: "I know that @marilynmanson did not rape me nor pull a gun at Bailey's head." She also reveals that she has been friends with Manson since she was 24, and that she tried to get Bailey's video taken down because it wasn't true. She also says that she will continue to defend Manson as far as the accusation of her being raped by him is concerned. Paz further states that she was pressured into saying she was raped even though she was not, which is why she personally believes Manson's lawyers when they allege that women were recruited by Evan and Illma against him. To this she adds that the only thing her friend Manson did that day was make her a grilled cheese sandwich since she was drunk before the photoshoot, and when the photoshoot was over he made sure she got home safe. And without going into detail, Paz declares: "I was a victim of Bailey before in 2016," so she therefore considers Bailey "a total liar and fame whore." Paz ends her statement saying: "I would never forgive myself if I put an innocent man in jail."

About a year ago, in April 2023, an interview was scheduled with Paz on Colonel Kurtz, a YouTuber who has been covering the Manson cases, in order for Paz to tell her side of the story in more detail, but things didn't fall through and she decided to wait.

Then finally the Italian interview quoted above finally brought Paz de la Huerta's story about the alleged sexual assault by Marilyn Manson to the public for the first time, thus opening up the possibility for her story up to this point to finally be heard and to put to rest the exaggerations and fabrications of Love Bailey.

Paz de la Huerta, a rape victim of Harvey Weinstein in 2010, who she says destroyed her career, and who then became a vocal advocate in the early days of the MeToo Movement, has no reason to defend another one of her rapists if Manson did indeed rape her. On the other hand Love Bailey, a trans activist and perpetual victim, publicly named Marilyn Manson as a man who sexually assaulted Paz without notifying her beforehand and used the story to boost her own profile as another victim, and to form a narrative of being a strong and brave survivor, who was a hero to another victim as she was being assaulted. Both these women, who were alone in the room with Manson that day are the only three people that know what took place that day. Outside this room was presumably Manson's assistant at the time, Ashley Walters, who despite her current lawsuit against Manson has said nothing about this incident and what she may have heard or seen. Who is more likely to be telling the truth? If you were a rape victim who didn't realize you had been raped ten years earlier, wouldn't you want to be notified beforehand if someone was going to name you and break the news publicly before telling you what happened first? So much more can be said about all this, but for now what we have is the very foundation of Love Bailey's allegations crumble by a woman who says she was not a victim of Marilyn Manson, but a victim of Love Bailey herself.
Update 5/16/24:
Since I wrote this, I wanted to include a few updates.
1. Colonel Kurtz posted a little video based on Paz coming out in support of Manson and her wanting to set the record straight. You can view the video here

2. Paz herself, having liked my article on my Instagram when I posted this, finally came out with another statement today to make a few clarifications. Among the clarifications was that she indeed confronted Love Bailey on the day she posted her video on her Instagram, and as Bailey herself confirms in her video, what we see is a second video as Paz had the original taken down, then she reposted by editing out Paz's name and the part where she says that she walked in on Manson raping Paz. This is a significant detail.

3. I would also like to add that I have seen some photos from the photoshoot that day of Marilyn Manson with Paz, and I can assure you Paz looked like she had complete control of her faculties and nothing really adds up to what Love Bailey described that day. Hopefully one day I will be able to share these photos, or maybe track them down from another public source.