New HBO Doc Chronicles Evan Rachel Wood’s Abuse Allegations Against Marilyn Manson
The award-winning actress said she was groomed and abused during a 5-year relationship with the musician, who isolated her from her family and friends.
For years, actress Evan Rachel Wood hid the identity of her alleged abuser.But in Feb. 2021, the “Westworld” star named Brian Warner, better known as Marilyn Manson, in an Instagram post.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” the actress wrote. “I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.”
Now, Wood is speaking out, again. This time in a two-part documentary on HBO called “Phoenix Rising" where she reveals some of the most gruesome details of her nearly 5-year relationship with the shock rock singer, who she began dating when she was only 19.
According to Time, the 34-year-old Critics’ Choice Award winner alleged Manson controlled her, repeatedly raped her — even once when she was unconscious, denied her sleep, and forced her to take drugs.
One of the more shocking allegations revealed in the documentary is Manson allegedly whipped Wood with a Nazi whip and shocked her using an electric sex toy, The Atlantic reported. Wood is Jewish.
“I felt my brain change. I felt it almost calcify. And the world is never the same,” the publication quoted Wood as saying in the documentary.
“Phoenix Rising” is in two parts. The first part, features Wood and her family as they discuss her relationship with Manson; Wood finding evidence to present against her alleged abuser; and Wood campaigning to pass the Phoenix Act, according to the LA Times.
The Phoenix Act, signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom, allows survivors of sexual assault to press charges against their abusers for up to 10 years. Previously the statute of limitations was two to four years, Newsweek reported.
In the second part of the documentary, Wood talks with other alleged survivors of purported abuse by Manson. Among the accusers, one said she had “fat” carved on her thigh. Another claimed “MM” was branded on her.
Manson has denied allegations from Wood and the other women in the documentary. According to Time, the filmmaker Amy Berg (“The Case Against Adnan Syed”) included a statement from Manson’s lawyers in the film, “Mr. Warner vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone.”
The rocker has also filed a defamation lawsuit against Wood and Illma Gore, Wood’s friend and romantic partner. The lawsuit alleged the duo “secretly recruited, coordinated, and pressured prospective accusers to emerge simultaneously with allegations of rape and abuse” against Manson.
When asked by some why she didn't leave during the years of abuse, Wood said one of the reasons victims don’t leave is because they blame themselves.
“When you defend someone that has been outed by dozens of men and women for being abusive, you also demonstrate how one can be stuck in the cycle of abuse. You lie to yourself. You lie to yourself because the truth is too painful,” Wood wrote on social media.
“Phoenix Rising” is streaming on HBO Max.