Evan Rachel Wood And Others Accuse Marilyn Manson Of Abuse

Evan Rachel Wood has not been silent about her experience being a survivor of abuse and sexual assault, and now, she’s coming forward with her abuser’s name.

Evan Rachel Wood has not been silent about her experience being a survivor of abuse and sexual assault, and now, she’s coming forward with her abuser’s name.

On Monday, Wood posted a statement to Instagram stating that Marilyn Manson, whom Wood had dated, “started grooming me when I was a teenager.”

 

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“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” the post reads. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. 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. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”

After Wood’s social media post, at least four other women have come forward to post their own allegations against Manson. All the women have detailed experiences involving sexual assault, psychological abuse, coercion, violence, and intimidation — allegations similar to ones Manson has denied in the past.

 

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Wood reportedly met Manson when she was 18 and he was 36. The pair dated on and off for many years, even going so far as to get engaged in 2010 before finally splitting. Since then, Wood has not been silent about her experiences with abuse, though she had never named Manson until now.

Manson has been publicly hostile toward Wood before. In a 2009 interview with Spin Magazine, he said “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies” was written about one of his and Wood’s breakups.

“I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer,” Manson told Spin.

Later, Manson’s team unequivocally denied that the comments he made were realistic, referring to the incident as “obviously a theatrical rock star interview promoting a new record, and not a factual account.”

In 2018, Wood testified before a House Judiciary Subcommittee as part of an effort to pass the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights across the country.

“My experience with domestic violence was this: toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse which started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body,” Wood told the House committee.

In 2019, she went on to testify on behalf of the Phoenix Act, a policy that altered the statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes, before California legislators.

 


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