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Evan Rachel Wood accuses Marilyn Manson of ‘grooming and horrific abuse’

Written by on 01/02/2021

Evan Rachel Wood has accused Marilyn Manson of “years of horrific abuse”, claiming the singer groomed her as a teenager and “brainwashed her into submission”.

The Westworld actress shared a short statement on Instagram, detailing her allegations.

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.

Cast member Evan Rachel Wood attends the Hollywood premiere of upcoming sci-fi TV series Westworld, which is being shown on Sky Atlantic from October
Image: The Westworld star has previously spoken about being in an abusive relationship

“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.”

Wood, 33, has previously spoken about being in an abusive relationship, but until now had not named the alleged perpetrator.

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The Golden Globe nominated star began dating Manson in 2007, when she was 18 and he was 36, with the couple getting engaged in 2010.

However, they called off the relationship just seven months later.

In a 2009 interview with music magazine Spin, Manson made the comment: “I have fantasies every day about smashing [Wood’s] skull in with a sledgehammer.”

When the interview re-surfaced in 2020, his PR team later described Manson’s description “theatrical” rather than “factual”.

Following Wood’s post, at least four other women have shared similar allegations against Manson.

Manson’s team have strenuously denied similar allegations in the past.

Manson has dated a string of high-profile women, and was previously engaged to actress and activist Rose McGowan for two years and married to performance artist Deeta Von Teese for one year.

Sky News has contacted representatives for Wood and Manson for comment.

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