Strong actress Evan Rachel Wood has been vocal about the abuse she has suffered from a former partner and even spoke to congress about her sexual and physical abuse. Now she and 4 others are coming forward to name the alleged abuser: Marilyn Manson.
Evan Rachel Wood's Fight For Victims Of Abuse
Actress Evan Rachel Wood was 18 when she and Marilyn Manson (who was 18 years older than her at the time) began dating. The pair had a 3-year rocky relationship and were engaged for a short period of time before Evan bravely cut off the relationship.
At the time, Marilyn even admitted to The Spin in 2009 that when she had broken up with him, "Every time I called her that day - I called 158 times - I took a razor blade and I cut myself on my face or on my hands. I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, 'I want you to physically see what you've done.'"
Evan has been a fighter for abuse victims and even testified to congress in 2018 about her sexual and physical abuse to encourage all 50 states to utilize the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights Act. At the time she did not name her abuser but stated, "I was not fine, and I am not fine."
Parts of her testimony matched up to what Manson had previously admitted to, "I mustered the courage to leave several times, but he would call my house incessantly and threaten to kill himself," Wood explained.
The Westworld star said her abuser had done, "sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them. In this moment, while I was tied up and being beaten and told unspeakable things, I truly felt like I could die. Not just because my abuser said to me, 'I could kill you right now,' but because in that moment I felt like I left my body and I was too afraid to run. He would find me."
Evan Rachel Wood Names Marilyn Manson As Abuser
Now Evan Rachel Wood has bravely come forward and named her abuser: her former fiancé Marilyn Manson. She along with 4 other of his former partners are coming forward in solidarity. Evan took to Instagram to post her statement saying:
"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."
To congress she clearly described her relationship, "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."
She also testified to California legislators to fight for the Phoenix Act, which would alter the outdated statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes.
The 4 other former girlfriends of Manson also posted their own statements against Manson, detailing his alleged actions and the long term effects they had on the women's mental health. According to Variety, Ashley Walters stated, that it "became clear the abuse he's caused; he continues to inflict on so many and I cannot stand by and let this happen to others. Brian Warner needs to be held accountable."
Sarah McNeilly is also quoted by Variety as saying, "I have been afraid to bring any spotlight upon myself as to avoid winding up in his crosshairs again. As a result of the way he treated me, I suffer from mental health issues and PTSD that have affected my personal and professional relationships, self-worth and personal goals. I believe he gets off on ruining people's lives. I stand in support of all that have and all will come forward. I want to see Brian held accountable for his evil."
Marilyn Manson's representatives have not yet responded to the allegations made today but have "categorically denied" allegations made against him in the past. This is not the first time former partners have made these claims and a pattern seems to be emerging since the Me Too movement has emboldened victims to seek justice.
Many big names in Hollywood are showing their support for Wood and the 4 victims. Anna Paquin, Angela Sarafyan, Sylvan Esso, and many more are speaking out in support of Evan.