Marilyn Manson has spoken out about the controversial clip that was released under his name featuring a staged rape of singer Lana Del Rey, explaining that "it was not meant to be a Marilyn Manson video."
The clip, which appeared online last month to widespread condemnation, depicted a series of dark scenes, including those of a bloodied woman dunking her head in water, a birthday party stocked with misfits, a debauched dinner party, and a scene in which Del Rey is sexually assaulted.
Speaking to NME.com, Manson said that although he was present at various points during the filming of the video, the rape scene was never intended to be part of the clip.
Manson explained: "It wasn't a Marilyn Manson video. The editor of the company that put it out was somebody who's edited my videos, that video was something that was done with a camera that Eli [Roth, director], who's my friend, and I both wanted to test out, so I let him test it out… What they filmed was put in context seemingly as if it were a Marilyn Manson video, and that was in no way the intention."
Manson admitted that he was interested in making a video with Lana Del Rey but ultimately abandoned the idea. "Eli and I wanted to do a music video with her but she was being such a problem," he said. "Although I still respect her, I'm friends with her. I just left, I was tired, I was not willing to make that part of the video. Eli and I originally had intentions of making a video with her, but that is not the intention that is represented in that film clip because that is not what I filmed, not for my video."
Kathryn Frazier, a spokesperson for Manson, previously issued a statement saying the singer had nothing to do with the video that was posted online. "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," she said. "It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else's Lana Del Rey footage."
Manson told NME.com: "The people put it together with my other clips. And it really strongly stands out of place, it doesn't really make sense."
He added: "I would not make a video of that nature, nor would Eli. I don't think either of us were ever intending for that to be seen, it was more of a camera test. I'm a person that would beat somebody's ass if they raped somebody that I know."
Marilyn Manson will release his new album, "The Pale Emperor", on January 19, 2015 via the shock rocker's own label — Hell, etc. — in a joint venture with Cooking Vinyl.