At the beginning of 2021, Evan Rachel Wood publicly accused Marilyn Manson of abusing her in the past. And now, the American actress gave more details of her traumatic experience and revealed that in 2007, the singer raped her during the recording of the video clip “Heart-Shaped Glasses”, that both starred.
The interpreter made these accusations in the first part of the documentary Phoenix Rising, which premiered on the night of Sunday, January 23 at the Sundance Film Festival.
In the audiovisual piece, directed by Amy Berg, Wood tells how hard it was to grow up as a child star in the midst of the chaos of Hollywood; but also tells how Marilyn Manson physically and psychologically abused her during their three year relationship.
In one of the most heartbreaking sequences of the documentary, the actress from Westworld She recalled how the musician raped her during the video clip for the song “Heart-Shaped Glasses”, in which she was the main actress. He said that when negotiating the contract they told him that he had a simulated sex scene, she accepted. However, when filming began, the reality was different.
“It was not at all how I thought it was going to be. We did things that were not what they had proposed to me. We had talked about a simulated sex scene, but when the cameras started rolling he really began to penetrate me. I would never have agreed to that. I’m a professional actress, I’ve been doing this all my life. I had never been on such an unprofessional set until that day, ”explained the famous woman in the documentary, according to the Pitchfork newspaper.
Evan Rachel Wood began in the cinema in 1997, with only nine years. At that age, he recorded the film Digging to China, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. In 2003, at the age of 15, she received a second nomination for her role in Thirteen. And just three years later, in 2006, he met Marilyn Manson at a party in Los Angeles.
The couple announced their relationship in 2007, the year Heart-Shaped Glasses was filmed. She never agreed to film a real sex scene, but when the assault occurred, didn’t know how to react or how to defend yourself. According to Phoenix Rising, she felt vulnerable, alone and unprotected. She was 19 years old and he was 38.
“It was total chaos and I didn’t feel safe. Nobody was caring about me. I didn’t know how to stand up for myself or how to say no, because I had been conditioned and trained to never respond, just move on. I felt gross as if I had done something embarrassing and I realized that the team was very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do. I was forced to perform a commercial sex act under false pretenses. It was then that the first crime was committed against me and I was basically raped on cameraWood recounted.
The first time that Evan Rachel Wood dared to publicly denounce the rock singer was in 2021. He did it through a publication of Instagram in which he confessed that he was Tired of living in fear.
“My abuser’s name is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started stalking me when I was a teenager and horribly abused me for years,” the 34-year-old American actress wrote.
“I was brainwashed and manipulated me into submission. I will no longer live in fear of reprisals, insults or extortion. I’m here to expose this dangerous man and to the many industries that enabled its behavior before it ruins more lives. All my support to the many victims who will no longer be silent,” he continued.
Around the same time, four other women posted similar statements on Instagram. Is about Ashley Walters, Sarah McNeilly, Ashley Lindsay Morgan and a woman who gave her name only as Gabriella.
The actress also shared a screenshot of an article from February 2018 in which the Dr. House actress, Charlyne Yi, accused Manson of harassing multiple women while visiting the set of the Fox network drama.
In their statements, they detailed harrowing experiences that they say included sexual Assault, psychological abuse and/or various forms of coercion, violence and intimidation.
Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson had a relationship for three years, from 2007 to 2010. Before separating, they were engaged for eight months. In recent years, the actress actively fought to reform California law to extend the statute of limitations domestic violence crimes from three to five years. The change was confirmed in 2019 and became effective in 2020.
In the middle of that process, in 2018, the famous shared her testimony in front of a court. confirmed that it was victim of gender violence, but did not release the name of the aggressor.
“(The abuses) started small, but escalated over time, including threats against my life Y psychological attacks. The man who said he loved me raped me thinking I was unconscious. […] [Mi abusador] He tied my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured, until I felt that my love for him had been proven… While I was tied up and beaten, he told me ‘I could kill you right now’. I felt that my body was abandoning me and I was too afraid to run away”, he recounted in front of the court.
Manson’s representatives have not issued a statement responding to Wood’s new allegations, but they have categorically denied similar allegations in the past.
This happened for example in 2020, when they talked about some statements the metal artist made in an interview with Spin in 2009. Then he said that he had fantasized about break Wood’s arm with a sledgehammer and recounted that on Christmas day 2008 called her 158 times and it crashed every time.
“Every time I called her that day, I took a razor blade and I cut myself on the face or in the hands. I wanted to show him the pain he put me through. It was like, I want you to physically see what you’ve done.”
In 2020, the magazine Metal Hammer asked Manson’s publicist about the comments the celebrity had made in 2009. The rep said it was “theatrical” fantasies and not actual desire.
“The comments on Spin where Manson had a fantasy of using a sledgehammer against Evan and cutting himself 158 times was obviously a theatrical interview of a rock star promoting a new album, and not a factual account. The fact that Evan and Manson became engaged six months after this interview would indicate that no one took this story literally,” the rep said.
The first part of Phoenix Rising will premiere in March on HBO, and in the documentary, Wood will recall other terrifying scenes from her life with Manson.