Evan Rachel Wood Says Marilyn Manson “Essentially Raped” Her in 2007 Music Video

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Evan Rachel Wood details years-long abuse she allegedly suffered with her ex-fiancé, Marilyn Manson, in the new docuseries Phoenix Rising. The series, which debuted at the 2022 Sundance film festival, has Wood recount in episode one an incident where Manson, born Brian Warner, reportedly raped her on the set of the music video for his 2007 song “Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand).”

Wood alleged that during a “simulated sex scene,” the musician “started penetrating me for real.” She added, “I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses. That’s when the first crime was committed against me and I was essentially raped on camera.”

According to the actor, Manson gave her strict instructions following the photoshoot to paint the music video as a “great, romantic time” when speaking to journalists. “I was scared to do anything that would upset Brian in any way. The video was just the beginning of the violence that would keep escalating over the course of the relationship,” Wood said in the documentary.

On Feb. 1, 2021, Wood came forward with allegations that Manson groomed her as a teen and had been “horrifically” abusing her for years.

“I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.”

“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”

Wood explained her decision to speak out, adding that she wants to “expose this dangerous man” and “call out the many industries that have enabled him” in hopes of preventing him from ruining more lives. She ended her note with: “I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”

Along with her Instagram post, Wood reposted several accounts from others detailing their own abuse from Manson, including photographer Ashley Walters and model Sarah McNeilly. She also shared previous tweets from Manson’s former personal assistant, Dan Cleary, who stated that the singer “broke” Wood and “turned her into a different person” during their time together.

Wood and Manson first got together in January 2007 and got engaged in January 2010, before eventually breaking up for good seven months later. In February 2018, Wood appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to support the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act. Although she did not name her abuser at the time, she did detail her own experience with abuse. “It started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, [and] waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body,” she said. “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.”

The following year, Wood testified again in front of the California Senate Public Safety Committee, recalling an abusive relationship she was in during her teenage years. In November 2020, Manson’s team released a statement addressing Wood’s testimony after the singer ended an interview with Metal Hammer when the subject was brought up.

“Unfortunately, we live in a time where people believe what they read on the Internet, and feel free to say what they want with no actual evidence,” the statement read. “The effects can be catastrophic and promoting non fact based information is wholly irresponsible. All we can try and do, as the media and individuals, is to use facts and truth and not hide behind gossip and conjecture to further our own agendas.”

Manson has since been dropped from his music label, Loma Vista Recordings, and CAA talent agency. “In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately,” the statement read, according to Variety. “Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”

Manson also released a statement of his own on Instagram denying the harrowing allegations. “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Manson wrote. “My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual.”

If you or someone you know would like to speak with someone trained to assist sexual assault survivors, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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