Evan Rachel Wood and other women make allegations of abuse against Marilyn Manson

"He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years"

Evan Rachel Wood has made allegations against Marilyn Manson, accusing him of grooming, abuse and manipulation. Manson has since denied the allegations in a statement.

In the past, Wood has given testimony about an abusive relationship she had been in for several years with a man she met in her late teens. While she did not specify who the man was, Wood gave a similar testimony about an abusive relationship to a House Judiciary Subcommittee in February 2018. Manson and Wood got engaged in January 2010 after beginning a relationship in 2007, but they called off their engagement in August 2010.

Posting on Instagram, the Westworld actor has now named Manson as the alleged abuser.

“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” she wrote. “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 show solidarity, at least four other women have since posted their own allegations against Manson. See their claims below.

Manson later took to Instagram with a statement in which he said all of his relationships “have always been entirely consensual” and called the recent allegations “horrible distortions of reality”.

Manson and his team have previously strenuously denied allegations of abuse levelled against him.

Last year, Manson’s team issued a statement on the artist’s behalf in response to questions about his past relationship with the actress Evan Rachel Wood.

“There are also numerous articles over multiple years where Evan Rachel Wood speaks very positively about her relationship with Manson,” they said. “Unfortunately, we live in a time where people believe what they read on the internet, and feel free to say what they want with no actual evidence. The effects can be catastrophic and promoting non fact based information is wholly irresponsible.

“All we can try and do, as the media and individuals, is to use facts and truth and not hide behind gossip and conjecture to further our own agendas.”

The response comes after Manson ended an interview with Metal Hammer in September after the publication asked about testimony Wood gave in front of the California Senate Public Safety Committee in April 2019.

“Personal testimony is just that, and we think it’s inappropriate to comment on that,” his spokesperson said at the time. “You then go on to talk about Manson being accused of ‘terrible things’ by unnamed ‘critics’ but offer no guidance on who these critics are and what these things are, so it’s not possible to comment.”

In a 2009 interview with Spin, Manson was quote as saying of Wood: “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”

In response last year, Manson’s representative said his words were “obviously a theatrical rock star interview promoting a new record, and not a factual account.”

This is a developing story.

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