Evan Rachel Wood has accused Marilyn Manson of physical and sexual abuse during their three-year relationship.
In 2007, actress Evan Rachel Wood and singer Marilyn Manson began dating and in 2010 got engaged, but broke up later that year.
Wood has spoken publicly for years about her abuse. On the Monday, the actress posted this in her Instagram post.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood said. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission.”
Wood will no longer stay silent.
“I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives,” Wood said. “I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
On Monday evening, Manson responded with his own Instagram post.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Manson said.
Manson denied all the accusations.
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners,” Manson said. “Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
On Monday, several other women came forward in social media to make similar statements accusing Manson of abuse.
Ashley Walters says she worked for Manson full-time as a personal assistant. She says she now struggles with PTSD and depression.
Gabriella, also known as the artist SourGirrrl, alleges Manson repeatedly tied her up and raped her. She says she spent one Christmas in hospital after trying to kill herself, and since breaking up with him has been diagnosed with PTSD and still suffers nightmares.
Sarah McNeilly claims that she was thrown against the wall and Manson threatened to “bash my face in with a baseball bat.” She says she now suffers from PTSD and mental health issues.
Ashley Lindsay Morgan alleges she “wasn’t allowed to eat, or sleep, or leave” Manson’s house.
She claims Manson cut and burned her and asked her to bring him Nazi memorabilia. She says she has been left with PTSD, anxiety and night terrors.
“Several people in Manson’s inner circle knew of the alleged abuse but would not say anything because of ‘the code’ and a fear of losing work,” Dan Cleary, a guitar technician who toured with Manson, said.
Wood has previously referred to being raped and abused in interviews and on social media and in 2019 she created the Phoenix Act, which extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence from three years to five.
At the time, Wood testified to Congress that her abuser had hidden an addiction to drugs and alcohol from her, and “had bouts of extreme jealousy, which would often result in him wrecking our home, cornering me in a room, and threatening me.”
A representative for Manson has previously said it would be “inappropriate to comment” on personal testimony.
Last year, Manson ended an interview with Metal Hammer early after he was questioned about his relationship with Wood, and other women, in light of the actress’s testimony.
New York Times