October 23, 2017
You’ve probably seen a chain of Facebook posts under the hashtag #MeToo, which freed thousands of women around the world open up about their past traumatic experiences and sexual abuse they’ve been silent about till this day. This time it’s Jack Off Jill’s Jessicka Addams who admitted having been sexually abused by her former boyfriend Jeordie “Twiggy Ramirez” White. It supposedly happened over 20 years, but Addams found the courage to talk about it only now.
Twiggy Ramirez is the stage name of Jeordie White, Marilyn Manson’s bassist, who also toured with Nine Inch Nails ealier and played for the band A Perfect Circle, led by Tool’s frontman.
White and Addams started dating back in the 1990s, and it took Jack Off Jill’s frontwoman two decades to open up about the rape. Addams has posted a lengthy Facebook post revealing that White treated her in an abusive way, blinded by jealousy. Addams recalls her boyfriend hitting her repeatedly, and even slashing the tires in her car and ripping the rear-view mirror and throwing it out onto the highway during a row on their way home.
According to Addams, it then culminated in an actual rape, which took place during White’s break from touring with Nine Inch Nails. Ramirez allegedly visited Addams at a friend’s apartment. The woman’s statement reads:
“He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck. I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that [my friend] Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved. That night I slept in Pete’s bed and cried myself to sleep. Neither of us discussed it until years later as we both had our own shame about not reporting it.”
Obviously, Marilyn Manson has been asked by various media whether he knew about the incident and what he thinks of Addams’ statement. Manson has responded in the following statement:
“I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend. “I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.” (via Highshnobiety)
Since the incident happened about 20 years ago, a lot of people wonder why it only surfaced now. Addams explains that she didn’t report the rape after warnings from her label that going public was likely to backfire at her because of troubles with “concert promoters, radio programmers, and other bands and their managers”.
The singer wrote: “The label blatantly feared the big machine behind Marilyn Manson would use their power to destroy not only Jack Off Jill, but my name, Jessicka, as well. The pressure and guilt of the inevitable repercussions of my rape story affecting my band’s livelihood, happiness and success kept me silent for years.”
Now she found the courage to raise this personal trauma as part of the social media move #MeToo, uniting women to come out of the shadow and share similar stories that they had previously felt uncomfortable to talk about.