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After Marilyn Manson had an apparent meltdown during his New York show on Thursday night, actress Charlyne Yi took to Twitter to accuse the shock-rocker of harassing her several years ago.
In a series of since-deleted tweets, Yi, who played Dr. Chi Park on Fox’s medical drama House, wrote that Manson visited the set while the cast was filming the show’s final season. “He harassed just about every woman asking us if we were going to scissor, rhino & called me a China man,” she elaborated.
In another deleted tweet, Yi wrote: “It’s so triggering to see people come up on the internet who have harassed you. And then when you talk about the incidents you become known as the person tied to the harasser. And that’s just your name from now on. It almost overrides who you are.”
Yi’s tweets came after Manson cut short his concert at the Paramount in Huntington, New York, where he indulged in a rambling, freestyle blues jam and repeatedly demanded the audience to applaud. One Instagram user who attended the show wrote that the band “would start songs only to screech them to a halt a minute in,” and said Manson “mostly rambled on about our lack of love and other bizarre things.” Newsday reported that by the end of the show, audience members were screaming for refunds.
I wish I could say last nights show was amazing, but it was just awful. Manson came out with a bang but the whole thing deteriorated very quickly. A couple songs in, he went into a conversation with the crowd about how much we loved him (or not). Asked for cheering and the usual rock star ego stuff. That’s fine, and everyone did their best to scream as long as we could. But once it got to be 10 minutes of begging for adoration and no music, I think we all started to realize something was wrong. Once he was temporarily satisfied, it didn’t improve. They would start songs only to screech them to a halt a minute in. There were very drawn out versions of songs where Manson mostly rambled on about our lack of love and other bizarre things. After an hour and fifteen minutes of this, he threw his microphone and left the stage. House lights came on a couple minutes later. I don’t think they completed more than 4 songs. ▪️ It’s clear he was under the influence of something. Which, let’s be honest, is not that strange for a rock star. But this was something different. He couldn’t seem to pull it together to deliver a performance even mediocre at best. It was distressing to see an artist you care about in such a bad state. Many people were yelling “Fuck you!”, chanting and booing, especially at the end. But I wasn’t angry. I was sad and bewildered. He seemed desperately in need of emotional and physical care. I know he’s been hit with a bunch of personal losses within a few months, so it is easy to see how that could be affecting him (though I can’t speak for how he really feels inside, of course). Maybe it was a one-time bad night. We all have those sometimes. But if not, I really hope he gets help because what I witnessed was not good. It was the strangest, saddest and worst concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot. #marilynmanson
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Controversy and misfortune have plagued Manson for the past several months. The 49-year-old rocker postponed several October tour dates in support of his new album, Heaven Upside Down, after a massive gun prop fell on him during a Sept. 30 gig at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, breaking his leg in two places. He returned to the stage in November, only to infuriate audiences by wielding a fake rifle prop during a concert in San Bernardino, California, the site of a 2015 mass shooting.
Manson also fired former bassist Twiggy Ramirez last October after Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams accused him of sexual and psychological abuse. In December, he said he supported ex-fiancée Rose McGowan for speaking out against accused rapist Harvey Weinstein but disagrees “with the entire snowball effect that’s happened” with the #MeToo movement.
Bryan Rolli is a reporter who specializes in streaming entertainment. He writes about music and film for Forbes, Billboard, and the Austin American-Statesman. He met Flavor Flav in two separate Las Vegas bowling alleys and still can’t stop talking about it.