Marilyn Manson played a prominent role in Kanye West’s livestreamed Sunday Service on Halloween.
Ashley Morgan Smithline, who accused Manson of abuse, said it felt “like being retraumatized.”
“It’s heartbreaking. It makes me sick,” she told People. “How is this the world we live in?”
Marilyn Manson’s ex Ashley Morgan Smithline is speaking out amid his continued embrace in prominent Hollywood circles.
On Halloween, Manson appeared alongside Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and Justin Bieber at the rapper’s livestreamed Sunday Service. Images of the three musicians leading a prayer circle quickly began circulating online.
Smithline – who recently filed a lawsuit against Manson containing accusations of sexual assault, human trafficking, and unlawful imprisonment, among other allegations – told People that seeing Manson play a major role in the event felt “just like being traumatized.”
“It’s heartbreaking. It makes me sick,” she said. “How is this the world we live in?”
Smithline and Manson met in 2010 and dated for about two years. She publicly accused the singer of sexual, psychological, and physical abuse in February, and previously told People that she “thought he was going to kill” her during their relationship. (A spokesperson for Manson told People they “strongly deny her claims.”)
“It makes everyone really fucking sick. This is just like being retraumatized,” Smithline told People. “And it’s just showing the point that the world doesn’t really care if you rape and if you beat and hurt all these [women], you can do whatever you want, basically, if you have money and you’re a guy and you’re famous.”
She also said Manson’s accusers are “terrified for our lives” while “he’s having lunch in West Hollywood.”
“This man has to know that he is enabling a rapist,” she added, referring to Ye. “He’s enabling an abuser and not just [of] one girl.”
A spokesperson for Manson told People that he was an “integral part” of the Sunday Service, and it’s “nobody’s business” whether the “Antichrist Superstar” singer has turned to Christianity.
“Throughout his career, Marilyn Manson has collaborated with innovative and legendary artists across all musical genres, and Ye is no exception,” the spokesperson told People.
Manson is currently being investigated for domestic violence by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. He has denied all accusations of assault and described his past relationships as “entirely consensual.”
Representatives for Ye and Bieber did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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