Former Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White (stage name Twiggy Ramirez) has released a statement following his dismissal from the band amid accusations of rape.

White was removed from Manson’s band after former girlfriend Jessicka Adams emerged with the full, harrowing story of his sexual assault and behaviour towards her.

Now, White has responded with an incredibly vague statement which does its best to avoid discussing any of the horrific allegations made against him. It reads:

 “I have only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago. I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. I will be taking some time to spend with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. ​If I have caused anyone pain I apologise and truly regret it.”

This is a developing story.