A violent, distasteful video featuring director Eli Roth, Lana Del Rey, and Marilyn Manson surfaced online last month (it's since vanished). Though first assumed to be a discarded Manson music video, his reps denied his involvement on the day of the leak. Now, Manson has spoken with NME to give his side of the story. Apparently, Manson and Roth filmed the video—which depicts Roth sexually assaulting a crying Lana— to "test out" the camera. "I don't think either of us were ever intending for that to be seen," he told NME. Here's everything he had to say:
"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, 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…
Eli and I wanted to do a music video with [Lana Del Rey], but she was being such a problem. 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.
But the people put it together with my other clips. And it really strongly stands out of place, it doesn't really make sense. 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."
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