At least four women came forward in solidarity with Evan Rachel Wood to say that Marilyn Manson abused them
Evan Rachel Wood has spoken out in the past about domestic abuse she suffered from an ex, who, until now, she’s never named. Today, in an Instagram post, she revealed it: She says Marilyn Manson is her abuser.
In a statement posted to the site, she wrote, “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. 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.”
After Wood posted her statement, at least four other women posted their own accounts of alleged abuse by Manson. The singer has not publicly commented, but he’s been accused of abuse in the past and has “categorically denied” similar accusations.
Wood and Manson started dating when she was 18 and he was 36. They got engaged in 2010 before they broke up.
In 2018, Wood testified before Congress in favor of the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, saying, “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.”
The following year, she testified before lawmakers in California, again detailing her abuse, but not naming the perpetrator.
In May of 2018, during the height of the #MeToo movement, a police report was filed against Manson citing unspecified sex crimes that allegedly took place in 2011. In 2018, the LA District Attorney’s Office announced the case was being dropped for lack of evidence. Manson’s attorney said at the time that “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.”
In 2009, Manson talked about Wood in an interview with Spin magazine, saying, “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”
According to Vanity Fair, the four other women who have come forward with accusations against Manson today are Ashley Walters, Sarah McNeilly, Ashley Lindsay Morgan, and Gabriella. They all also made their accusations on Instagram, though Walters has since made her account private.
On her Instagram stories, Wood is collecting other accounts of alleged abusive behavior by Manson.