Evan Rachel Wood has released a statement accusing Marilyn Manson of abuse.
The 33-year-old Westworld actress who was once engaged to the singer, had spoken out during interviews and shared posts on social media about the physical, psychological and sexual abuse she’s endured. She also testified in 2018 before a House Judiciary Subcommittee advocating for laws to better protect survivors and the following year spoke to California legislators calling for a change to the statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes … but through it all, she never revealed any names.
Today, February 2, 2020, she took to Instagram:
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she begins.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission,” the actress continues.
“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. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
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Three other women have today also shared their own allegations against Manson: one accusing him of throwing her up against a wall and threatening to hit her with a baseball bat, another accused him of tying her up and raping her and another describing sexual violence and coercion.
Loma Vista Recordings, Manson’s record label has released a statement announcing they have dropped him:
“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. Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
Since sharing her statement, Evan Rachel Wood has received many messages of support.
Actress and domestic violence survivor Melissa Benoist commented on her post “I stand with you” while actress Rose McGowan who was also once engaged to Marilyn Manson shared a video calling on the entertainment industry to stop hiding predators.
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“Cult’s protect the rot at the top. Theirs is a sickness that must be stopped. The industrial fame complex chooses who they protect & who they’ll let be their victims. For profit. I stand with Evan Rachel Wood and all of those who have or will come forward.”
Marilyn Manson has responded to the accusations. He says:
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the pas, that is the truth.”
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