Actress Evan Rachel Wood has accused Marilyn Manson of grooming, abusing and manipulating her—allegations that the musician has since denied.
Yesterday (February 1), Wood and four other women took to Instagram with statements alleging that Marilyn Manson, real name Brian Warner, had abused them.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood wrote. “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. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives,” the statement continued.
“I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.” Read it in full below:
Wood had met Manson when she was 18 and he 36. They began to date in 2006 and got engaged in 2010, before breaking it off later that year.
Wood had in the past spoken publicly about an abusive relationship she had been in, though she did not identify her abuser by name. She gave testimony in Congress in 2018 about her experiences as a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor. In 2019, she gave similar testimony about an abusive relationship she had had with a man she met as a teenager in front of the California Senate Public Safety Committee. Wood was testifying in support of the Phoenix Act, a bill that extends the statute of limitations for victims of domestic violence that was later signed into California law in October 2019.
Manson has since issued a statement denying the allegations of abuse, calling them “horrible distortions of reality” and claiming that his relationships “have always been entirely consensual.”
“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 misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
After Wood’s allegations and before Manson’s denial, the label Loma Vista Recordings—which had released his 2020 album We Are Chaos—severed ties with the musician.
“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 promote his current album effective immediately,” the label wrote in a statement. “Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
— Loma Vista Recordings (@LomaVistaRC) February 1, 2021
Television shows that Manson had appeared in or was due to appear in have also dropped the musician. The New York Post reports that Manson, who has a recurring role as a rocker in the current season of the Starz series American Gods, will have his performance “removed” from what was supposed to be the one remaining episode this season.
The Wrap also reported that the episode of the horror web television series Creepshow due to feature Manson will also no longer air.