Evan Rachel Wood is one of several women to come forward about Manson’s abuse
Marilyn Manson is at the center of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s criminal investigation looking into allegations of sexual and physical abuse. Actress Evan Rachel Wood named Manson as her abuser recently, prompting more women to come forward.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau is investigating allegation(s) of domestic violence involving Mr. Brian Warner also known as ‘Marilyn Manson,’ who works in the music industry,” the department said in a statement, per the Los Angeles Times. “The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood.”
Investigators did not specify who made the allegations against the performer, but the dates coincide with his relationship with Wood, who recently spoke out on social media.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” the actress wrote in her Instagram post posted Feb. 1. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.”
Manson publicly denied the allegations of abuse, calling his accusers’ statements “horrible distortions of reality,” and saying his “intimate relationships have always been with entirely consensual with like-minded partners.”
Wood is one of several women who have spoken out about abuse at the hands of Manson. One woman, filmmaker Love Bailey, accused Manson of holding a gun to her head and calling her a derogatory slur in 2011. Another, musician Chløë Black, accused Manson of physical abuse.
“I’ve only been bruised to the point of my skin turning black once in my life,” Black wrote in an Instagram post. “It was from him.”
Rose McGowan, who was previously engaged to Manson, and Charlyne Yi, who accused Manson of harassment back in 2018, have also spoken out.
Wood and Manson began publicly dating in 2007 when she was 19 and he was 37. They got engaged in 2010 before splitting up in August of that year.
“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,” Wood said. “I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
The surprise with Evan Rachel Wood's announcement that Marilyn Manson terrorized her during their "romantic" relationship, isn't that it happened, but that more women don't speak out about abuse by famous partners. A power imbalance (fame, wealth) is fertile ground for abuse.
— Patrisha McLean (@PatrishaMclean) February 16, 2021
Wood had shared allegations of being abused by an unnamed ex-partner, even testifying before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee in 2018. She helped get the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights passed in all 50 states.
“The allegations of physical, emotional, and financial abuse against Marilyn Manson, also known as Brian Hugh Warner, must be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated,” California state Sen. Susan Rubio said in a statement this month. “If law enforcement does not do that, we will not only fail these victims, but future possible victims of this alleged perpetrator.”