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Evan Rachel Wood alleges ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson ‘horrifically abused me for years’

Actress Evan Rachel Wood released a statement on Instagram on Monday alleging that ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson ‘horrifically abused her for years.’ 

Evan, 33, and singer Manson, real name Brian Warner, 52, got engaged in January 2010 after a three year romance, but called off their engagement in August 2010. 

They met when she was aged 18 and he was 18 years her senior.

Evan alleged in her statement: ‘The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. 

‘He horrifically abused me for years’: Evan Rachel Wood, 33, has alleged ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson, 52, ‘groomed and brainwashed her as a teenager’ (pictured in June 2007) 

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

Evan continued: ‘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.

She concluded: ‘I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.’

According to Vanity Fair, at least four other women posted their own allegations against Manson. 

Words: Evan released this statement on Instagram on Monday with fans expressing their support - Manson’s reps have 'categorically denied' similar accusations in the past

Words: Evan released this statement on Instagram on Monday with fans expressing their support – Manson’s reps have ‘categorically denied’ similar accusations in the past

They detailed ‘harrowing experiences that they claim included sexual assault, psychological abuse, and/or various forms of coercion, violence, and intimidation’.    

In 2009, Manson told Spin: ‘The song, I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies is about my fantasies.’

And responding to a question about his relationship with ex, Evan, Manson said: ‘I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.’ 

He gave a shocking account of their relationship in Christmas 2008, saying: ‘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.

New love: The outrageous performer, real name Brian Warner is now married to Lindsay Usich - they tied the knot in February last year (pictured together that month)

New love: The outrageous performer, real name Brian Warner is now married to Lindsay Usich – they tied the knot in February last year (pictured together that month) 

‘I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, ”I want you to physically see what you’ve done”.’ 

Manson’s reps have ‘categorically denied’ similar accusations in the past. 

A rep for Manson previously released a statement to NME saying: ‘It is my understanding that Evan Rachel Wood dated multiple people around the time she was dating Manson. 

‘Basic internet research will give you a host of other names that have not come up in any of our discussions. 

‘Your next couple of points deal with comments Manson made in Spin magazine in 2009. Your confusion around the timeline of this is extremely worrying. 

Ex files: Evan later went on to marry actor Jamie Bell, 34, and they have a son, seven, together. They separated in 2014 following a two-year marriage (pictured in 2013)

Ex files: Evan later went on to marry actor Jamie Bell, 34, and they have a son, seven, together. They separated in 2014 following a two-year marriage (pictured in 2013) 

‘The comments in Spin where Manson had a fantasy of using a sledgehammer on Evan and he cut himself 158 times was obviously a theatrical rock star interview promoting a new record, and not a factual account. 

‘The fact that Evan and Manson got engaged six months after this interview would indicate that no one took this story literally.’ 

They continued: ‘There are also numerous articles over multiple years where Evan Rachel Wood speaks very positively about her relationship with Manson. 

‘In NetAPorters.com’s The Edit, she said: ”I wouldn’t trade any of [our relationship], Wood told the mag.” I appreciate everything he taught me. I just don’t think we were right for each other.’ 

Patricia Arquette previously tweeted: ‘Marilyn Manson cutting himself 158 x’s when he called Evan Rachel Wood after breakup it’s not [love], it’s abuse.’ 

In 2018, Evan testified in front of Congress and detailed a harrowing account of sexual and physical abuse with a partner who she did not name.

She gave the testimony to push for all 50 states to adopt the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act.

Evan said: ‘I was not fine, and I am not fine.’

Former love: Manson was married to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese from 2005-2007, (pictured together in May 2006)

Former love: Manson was married to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese from 2005-2007, (pictured together in May 2006) 

She discussed: ‘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.’ 

She also said: ‘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.’ 

MailOnline has contacted reps for both Evan Rachel Wood and Brian Warner for comment. 

Evan later went on to marry actor Jamie Bell, 34, and they have a son, seven, together. They separated in 2014 following a two-year marriage. 

Manson married Lindsay Elizabeth Warner in February 2020.  He was married to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese from 2005-2007. 

In 1999, he got engaged to Charmed actress Rose McGowan, 47, but she called off the engagement in 2001, blaming ‘lifestyle differences.’

Charmed: In 1999, he got engaged to actress Rose McGowan, 47, but she called off the engagement in 2001, blaming 'lifestyle differences', (pictured together in 1999)

Charmed: In 1999, he got engaged to actress Rose McGowan, 47, but she called off the engagement in 2001, blaming ‘lifestyle differences’, (pictured together in 1999)


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