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Evan Rachel Wood and four other women accuse Marilyn Manson of abuse | Music


Evan Rachel Wood has accused his ex-partner Marilyn Manson of years of “horrible” abuse.

In an Instagram post, the actor wrote:


The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me as a teenager and horribly abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I’m here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have allowed him, before he ruins more lives. I am with the many victims who will no longer be silent.

Four other women, Ashley Walters, Sarah McNeilly, Ashley Morgan and Gabriella (no last name), have also alleged abusive behavior through public Instagram posts. McNeilly and Walters allege physical and emotional abuse, including torture; Morgan Alleges Physical and Sexual Violence and Coercion; Gabriella alleges rape, physical violence and that Manson forced her to do drugs.

Rock singer Manson has not commented on his allegations. The Guardian has reached out to representatives of its management company and record label for comment.

Manson has “categorically denied” a previous allegation of sexual abuse made by an anonymous woman in 2018 about incidents dating back to 2011, which was dismissed due to “a lack of corroboration” and that the statute of limitations had expired. Manson’s attorney had called the accusations “completely delusional.”

Wood and Manson began dating in 2007, when she was 19 and he was 37. She inspired their 2007 song Heart-Shaped Glasses. Their relationship ended in 2008. Manson told an interviewer in 2009, “Every day I have fantasies about smashing his skull with a mallet,” and said he had injured himself after the breakup. They reconciled, got engaged in 2010, and separated again that same year.

In 2018, Wood appeared before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in the midst of a campaign for the Survivors’ Rights Act of 2016 to be enacted across the U.S., detailing his experiences in various ways. of abuse by an anonymous person.

He said that in the aftermath of the attacks, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and self-harmed and attempted suicide. The other four women who allege abuse against Manson say they have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2019, Wood testified before the California Senate Public Safety Committee in support of a bill that expands the rights of victims of domestic violence. She said that an anonymous abuser, whom she met in her teens, made “threats against my life, sometimes with deadly weapons” amid alleged domestic abuse in which he also tortured her, starved her to death, monitored her use of her phone and threatened to blackmail her.

Manson was questioned about the testimonies in an interview with Metal Hammer in 2020, and cut the interview short. A press representative later said “Evan Rachel Wood dated several people around the time he was dating Manson” and said that the “gavel” comment “was obviously a theatrical interview by a rock star promoting a new record. , and not a factual account. ” They complained of “gossip and gossip” and highlighted a 2015 interview with Wood in which she said of Manson, “I appreciate everything you taught me.”

Wood has previously said in 2018: “A lot of rumors have circulated about who I was talking about in my testimony. I would like to clarify something and say that it was not Mickey Rourke. We were never ‘together’ ”.

In 2018, Manson was also accused of harassing women on the set of the television drama House, which he did not comment on. In 2001, he was charged with assault and sexual misconduct after rubbing his crotch in the face of a security guard, later reduced to one count of disorderly conduct. He paid a $ 4,000 fine and settled a lawsuit out of court.

Since his debut in 1994, Manson has had an enduring career with his cartoon gothic metal. Nine of his 11 studio albums have reached the US Top 10, most recently We Are Chaos in September 2020, with 1998’s Mechanical Animals and 2003’s The Golden Age of Grotesque reaching No. 1.

Wood is a successful television and film actress, who made her breakthrough with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in the 2003 film Thirteen. Since then he has starred in movies such as Down in the Valley, The Wrestler and Charlie Countryman, and had a voice role in the hit sequel to Frozen. Since 2016 she has had a lead role on the sci-fi television series Westworld, earning television credits on True Blood, an Emmy-nominated role on Mildred Pierce and more.


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