Evan Rachel Wood Shares Her Story of Abuse by Marilyn Manson on ‘Phoenix Rising'
Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has been an activist fighting for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and abuse for years.
Wood has gotten candid about her own experiences with abuse and reached out to other victims via multiple platforms.
More recently, she is sharing her story with Phoenix Rising, a documentary miniseries directed and produced by Amy J. Berg.
The series is scheduled to premiere on March 15 and 16, 2022. It follows the actress as she tells her story of alleged domestic violence and her mission to deliver justice.
Evan Rachel Wood shared her story of abuse in 'Phoenix Rising' (Source: YouTube)
Evan Rachel Wood Accused Marilyn Manson of Abuse
On February 1, 2021, Wood made a post on Instagram, where she accused Marilyn Manson of abusing her.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she wrote. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years.”
Wood further claimed that she was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. Towards the end, she stated she was done living in fear and was standing up for herself.
“I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him before he ruins more lives,” the post read. “I stand with the victims who will no longer be silent.”
Aside from Wood, several other women had also come forward to accuse Manson of similar treatments.
Ashley Walter, who worked for Manson full time as a personal assistant, claimed the singer “frequently became violent” and would throw glass plates and heavy objects.
She also alleged that Manson offered her up for sexual encounters with collaborators and continued to harass her after their professional relationship ended.
Gabriella, a.k.a. SourGirrrl, alleged that Manson repeatedly tied her up and raped her. She also claimed that he forced her to take drugs and demanded she make a “blood pact” with him by cutting both their hands with broken glass.
Two other women — Sarah McNeilly and Ashley Lindsay Morgan — also made similar accusations. All four of the aforementioned women claimed they were left with PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
Thread: I worked directly with #MarilynManson in 2007-2008 for his touring band when #EvanRachelWood was with him. She was on tour with us the entire time. Over the course of 1 year he turned her into a different person. He broke her. I didnt totally realize until later in life. — Dan Cleary (@DanCleary79) September 13, 2020
Similarly, Dan Cleary, a guitar technician who toured with Manson, had previously shared on Twitter about what he had seen of Wood and Manson’s relationship.
There, he wrote Manson had turned her into a completely different person in the course of one year, and that he had broken her.
Marilyn Manson’s Response to the Abuse Allegations
In response to the allegations, Manson made an Instagram post of his own, where he called the claims untrue.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” he wrote.
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how - and why - others are now choosing to misinterpret the past, that is the truth.”
A month later, Manson made a follow-up post, where he said he would share about the events regarding the allegations. But until then, he said he would let facts speak for themselves.
This post was made in early March, and the singer has made no posts on his Instagram since then.