Evan Rachel Wood took to Instagram early Monday morning, to disclose the name of her abuser to the world. Over the years, she made multiple references to this unnamed ex, who subjected her to extensive physical and psychological abuse.
“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.”
Wood was only 18 when she met the 36 year-old-rocker for the first time. The pair began dating in 2007, just a year after meeting. They then broke up briefly before reconciling in 2010 when they were engaged. Again their relationship did not last and they broke up for good later that year.
Four other women came forward in solidarity with Wood by providing their own allegations of abuse against Manson. Models Sarah McNeilly and Ashley Lindsay Morgan as well as artist Gabriella (sourgirrrl on Instagram) and Ashley Walters, all echoed Wood in their sentiments regarding Manson.
The women detailed the horrific abuses they all suffered from their interactions with Manson. Maltreatment ranging from sexual assault and physical violence, to coercion and psychological abuse were all affirmed by the women.
These are not the first of such allegations raised against Manson. But Manson and his representatives continue to deny their validity. In reference to these most recent charges, Manson claimed on his Instagram that his “intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners.”
However, in an interview with Spin in 2009, Manson referenced Wood claiming that “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”
In 2018, Wood gave a testimony before a House Judiciary Subcommittee in defense of passing the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights in all 50 states. Wood disclosed her personal experience of abuse with the Subcommittee:
“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.”
In 2018, Wood again testified. This time in favor of the Phoenix Act, legislation that would amend the statute of limitations regarding crimes of domestic violence.
Loma Vista Recordings, Manson’s record label since 2015, confirmed that they would no longer be representing Manson. The label also stated in no uncertain terms that they were ending their promotion of his latest album “effective immediately” and did not intend to resume working with the artist in the future. Additionally, Manson’s upcoming guest appearance in American Gods (the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name) will also be terminated.