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Evan Rachel Wood says she was “horrifically abused” by Marilyn Manson

Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood and extremely controversial rocker Marilyn Manson were in a relationship from 2007 to 2011, they even were engaged for a year. At the time, she was just 19 years old and he was 38.

In a 2016 Rolling Stone interview, the young actress had said she had experienced physical, psychological and sexual abuse, but until today she’d never named any names.

  “I’ve been raped. By a significant other while we were together,” she told the magazine at the time. “And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar…I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.”

But on February 1 in an Instagram post, Rachel Wood confirmed that her abuser was indeed Manson.


Manson has denied the allegations, saying they were “horrible distortions of reality” (which between you and I it means they totally happened she just “interpreted” it wrong apparently).

Since these allegations came to light Manson’s record label confirmed that he’s since been dropped from their roster.

He was also set to make an appearance in 2021 on AMC’s horror anthology Creepshow, but AMC has said that it will no longer air the segment of the episode starring Manson. There may be more fallout to come.

California state senator Susan Rubio is calling for the FBI and the DOJ to launch an investigation into the allegations. 

Lead up to this moment

In a 2009 interview with Spin, Manson said, “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”, talking about Rachel Wood.

In November 2020, Manson’s team told Metal Hammer, “The comments in Spin where Manson had a fantasy of using a sledgehammer on Evan and he cut himself 158 times was obviously a theatrical rock star interview promoting a new record, and not a factual account. The fact that Evan and Manson got engaged six months after this interview would indicate that no one took this story literally.”

Back in 2018, Evan Rachel Wood also testified before a House Judiciary committee in an effort to implement the Survivors Bill of Rights Act in all 50 states.  

“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, and the worst part, sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them.”

Manson team also reacted to this testimony, ” there are also numerous articles over multiple years where Evan Rachel Wood speaks very positively about her relationship with Manson.” 

A police report was filed against Manson in May 2018 for unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011. But the district attorney declined the case because the statute of limitations had expired and because of “absence of corroboration.” It is unclear who filed the complaint.

In 2019 Rachel Wood created the Phoenix Act, which extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence from three years to five.

In a statement, Manson’s attorney told The Hollywood Reporter the “allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied” by Manson and that “any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false.”

Other victims that have since come forward

Gabriella, AKA SourGirrrl alleges Manson repeatedly tied her up, raped her, and forced her to take drugs with him and demanded she make a “blood pact” with him by cutting both their hands with broken glass. She has since been diagnosed with PTSD and attempted suicide once.

Sarah McNeilley alleges she was thrown against the wall and Manson “threatened to bash my face in with a baseball bat”. She says he would lock her in room when she was “bad” and would yell at her for hours.

Ashley Lindsay Morgan said she “wasn’t allowed to eat, sleep, or leave” Manson’s house. She claims Manson cut and burned her and asked her to bring him Nazi memorabilia.

Manson’s former personal assistant has claimed that he “frequently became violent” and wouldn’t hesitate to throw glass plates an heavy objects. She alleges Manson offered her up for sexual encounters with collaborators and continued to harass her after their professional relationship ended. She says she now struggles with PTSD and depression.

Who is Marilyn Manson?

For those of you who do not know, Marilyn Manson has never looked like the sanest of people.

Brian Hugh Warner known professionally as Marilyn Manson, is an American singer known for his controversial stage personality and image. His stage name was formed by combining and juxtaposing the names of two opposing American cultural icons: a sex symbol and a serial killer, in Manson’s case, actress Marilyn Monroe and criminal Charles Manson

He has released 11 studio albums since 1994, three of which have reached the top 10 in the UK.

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