On Monday, Evan Rachel Wood named Marilyn Manson as her supposed abuser. The actress and activist explained about the musician, whose real name is Brian Warner, “I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail.”
Wood said in the statement published to her Instagram account, “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson.
He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail.”
She added, “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.”
In late 2016, the Westworld actress first spoke out about becoming a victim of sexual harassment to assert that she
was raped twice, naming only one of her attackers as a significant other who assaulted her when they were together.
Wood detailed in the interview and then-public letter to Rolling Stone how her previous attacks were “one
of the many factors” that contributed to the attempt at age 22 to take her own life.
Manson had a police complaint lodged against him in May of 2018 for unspecified sex offenses dating back to 2011.
The district attorney rejected the lawsuit, citing, according to the court filing, that the statute of limitations had expired and a “absence of corroboration.”
“The allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied by Mr. Warner and are either completely delusional or part of a calculated attempt to generate publicity … Any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false.
“The allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied by Mr. Warner and are either totally delusional or part of a calculated attempt to generate attention… Any accusation of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that time, or any other, is false.
At least four other women came forward with reports of equally horrifying accounts of violence against Manson in response to Wood’s social media post on Monday.
These accounts were shared by Wood on her Instagram Posts. Vanity Fair has published some of the data.
Psychological abuse is claimed in the accounts; horrible “deranged behavior,” including blackmail, manipulation and isolation; physical abuse, such as cutting; and rape.
Similarly, the women say they suffered from panic attacks, PTSD and/or depression over the alleged violence and are now speaking out in an attempt to seek transparency.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to a Manson representative.
When she was 18 and he was 36, Wood met Manson, and was briefly engaged to the shock-rocker in 2010.She has been an advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence since speaking out in 2016.
In 2018, with the intention of getting the Sexual Harassment Survivors Bill of Rights passed federally, she appeared before a House Judiciary Panel.
In 2019, she again talked about her past abuse while speaking on behalf of the Phoenix Act before California lawmakers, a bill
she produced to extend the statute of limitations for domestic violence offenses from three to five years. In January 2020, it was put into effect.
Wood posted a character picture of her as Dolores Abernathy on HBO’s Westworld before posting her comment on Monday with her quote, “I imagined a story where I didn’t have to be the damsel.”