Evan Rachel Wood on alleged abuse Marilyn Manson had inflicted on her10/10/2023
Evan Rachel Wood details alleged ‘brainwashing and abuse’ ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson had inflicted in attempt to control her every action
- TRIGGER WARNING: Story contains details of domestic violence and sex abuse
- Wood, 36, appeared on the podcast Navigating Narcissism Thursday
- She spoke about specific experiences during her time with Manson, 54
- Manson has denied all claims of sexual abuse and misconduct
Evan Rachel Wood opened up about her alleged abuse at the hands of ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson, going into detail about the musician’s purported manipulative and controlling actions of her.
The 36-year-old actress appeared on the podcast Navigating Narcissism Thursday with host Dr. Ramani Durvasula, speaking about specific alleged experiences during her time in a relationship with the 54-year-old musical artist.
The Dope Show singer, whose real name is Brian Warner, has denied all claims of sexual misconduct and abuse made against him by Wood and other accusers.
Wood said on the podcast that Manson – fueled by mound of cocaine – subjected her to a ‘non-stop onslaught of words and monologues’ and a ‘constant stream of negativity’ in his alleged efforts to break her down mentally.
‘He would keep you up and stay awake just berating you telling you everything that was wrong with the world and the people around you, everything you were doing wrong, all the ways you were failing him and failing yourself, the suspicions he had towards you, he would start wrecking the house,’ Wood said.
The latest: Evan Rachel Wood, 36, opened up on the podcast Navigating Narcissism Thursday about her alleged abuse at the hands of ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson, 54, going into detail about the musician’s purported manipulative and controlling actions of her
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, has denied all claims of sexual misconduct and abuse made against him by Wood and other accusers. Pictured last month in New Hampshire
She said that while she was dealing with Manson’s abusive behavior, she felt like she ‘couldn’t escape and couldn’t stop’ it.
‘It’s where the brainwashing and abuse started taking place,’ she said on the podcast. ‘He wouldn’t stop until you gave in or started agreeing with everything he was saying or making the phone calls he wanted you to make.’
Wood on the podcast explained the anxiety and despair she experienced amid the relationship, saying that her only strategy in dealing with Manson was to ‘play dead’ in an effort to make herself ‘undesirable’ to him.
‘There was a moment where I was like, “I’m so afraid of this person, I’ve been threatened so many times, either with blackmail or with force and if I stay here because I’m too scared to leave, I feel like I’m dead anyway,”‘ she said.
She continued, ‘Staying felt like a death sentence, leaving also felt terrifying because something could happen to me or he could come after me. I felt like either way I feel dead, so I may as well try to escape.’
Wood said on the podcast that Manson had kept her isolated from other people for days, threatened her, punished her for minor mistakes and gaslighted her endlessly.
Wood said media coverage of her relationship with Manson, who she was linked with from 2006 until 2010, was ‘very shaming and very blaming’ toward her.
Wood said that the narrative at the time was, ‘Here’s this like sort of young harlot Lolita-type home wrecking party girl that’s come in and ruined everything,’ without any focus on the ‘somewhat inappropriate’ aspects of their early relationship.
The actress appeared on the podcast Navigating Narcissism with host Dr. Ramani Durvasula
Wood said on the podcast that Manson – fueled by mound of cocaine – subjected her to a ‘non-stop onslaught of words and monologues’ and a ‘constant stream of negativity’ in his alleged efforts to break her down mentally
Wood said that while she was dealing with Manson’s abusive behavior, she felt like she ‘couldn’t escape and couldn’t stop’ it, adding that ‘it’s where the brainwashing and abuse started taking place’
Wood on the podcast explained the anxiety and despair she experienced amid the relationship, saying that her only strategy in dealing with Manson was to ‘play dead’ in an effort to make herself ‘undesirable’ to him
Wood said those aspects included the nearly-two decade age difference between them; and that Manson had been married to burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese when he initially began pursuing her.
Wood said on the podcast that Manson also focused his efforts on forcing her to disconnect with her mother Sara Lynn Moore, and would take notes during the times she and her mother would converse.
She said that Manson’s behavior was reflective of the methods cults use to control their members.
‘Cults do the same thing when they’re like, “Don’t read anything about the cult online” … it’s the same kind of psychology of up is down and down is up,’ Wood said on the podcast.
The Westworld star said on the podcast that the onslaught of stories about sexual misconduct and abuse that emerged during the #MeToo movement in late 2017 – triggered by revelations about Oscar-winning producer-turned-convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.
Wood said ‘the weight of it all’ of the led her to began having seizures due to the stress from past trauma she claims Manson inflicted on her.
‘When I realized what a physical impact this was having on me and it was making it nearly impossible to just move about my life normally and comfortably and safely … that was such a breaking point for me,’ Wood said on the podcast.
Wood and Manson were pictured in NYC in September of 2007
Wood and Manson, pictured in Toronto in 2007, initially began seeing one another when he was 37 and she was 18
Wood and Manson initially began seeing one another when he was 37 and she was 18.
In her HBO documentary on the topic release last year, Phoenix Rising, Wood said that Manson had physically tied her up and subjected her to torture; at one point, she said he used a whip used by Nazi forces in the Holocaust to brutalize her.
Wood – who spoke about being a victim of sex abuse to Congress in 2018 in an effort to have Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights enacted in every U.S. state – eventually named Manson as her alleged abuser in February of 2021.
‘The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,’ she said at the time. ‘He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years … I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.’
A source close to Manson told Billboard Monday that claims made by Wood on the podcast were false, and that they ‘have already been disputed within Brian’s ongoing lawsuit against her’ which will be amended to include the ‘new tales she is spinning.’
Manson said in a past court filing in a defamation suit against the actress was that he ‘carried on a loving and consensual relationship’ with Wood.
‘Eventually, like many couples, we broke up. I never abused, assaulted, raped, or threatened Wood or her family as she has since contended.’
Marilyn Manson’s alleged victims
Evan Rachel Wood
Westworld star Wood was engaged to Manson for eight months in 2010.
The pair went public with their relationship in 2007. She was 20 at the time.
She has in the past spoken about being abused, and testified before Congress in 2018 about being raped as part of a campaign to change domestic violence laws. She did not name her abuser at the time.
In her statement naming him, 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. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.
The photographer from Los Angeles said Manson contacted her on social media asking to collaborate and the pair then met up.
She started working as a personal assistant to the rocker and the pair become close, but then he started becoming violent, she says.
Walters claims he would throw plates at her and even offered her up for sexual relationships with collaborators.
In her statement last year, she said: ‘I continue to suffer from PTSD, and struggle with depression. I stayed in touch with quite a few people who went through their own traumas, under his control.
‘As we all struggled, as survivors do, to get on with our lives, I’d keep hearing stories disturbingly similar to our own experiences. It became clear the abuse he’s caused; he continues to inflict on so many and I cannot stand by and let this happen to others. Brian Warner needs to be held accountable.’
Los Angeles-based model Sarah McNeilly said Manson ‘lured’ her in by acting loving but then turned violent.
She claims he threw her against a wall, threatened to bash her face in with a baseball bat, locked her in a room when she was ‘bad,’ and verbally berated her for ‘hours.’
She said in her statement: ‘I have been afraid to bring any spotlight upon myself as to avoid winding up in his crosshairs again.
‘As a result of the way he treated me, I suffer from mental health issues and PTSD that have affected my personal and professional relationships, self-worth and personal goals.
‘I believe he gets off on ruining people’s lives. I stand in support of all that have and all will come forward. I want to see Brian held accountable for his evil.’
Ashley Lindsay Morgan
The model was working in Thailand in 2009 when she met Manson through a mutual friend.
They started talking and texting for months and he flew her to Los Angeles.
She did not detail how long they spent together but alleged abuse and said he also asked her to bring him Nazi memorabilia from Asia, even though she is Jewish.
She says she also ‘wasn’t allowed to eat or sleep or leave’ his home.
Morgan said: ‘I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD.
‘I try to wash constantly to get him out or off of me. … I am coming forward so he will finally stop.’
Gabriella, an artist, said she met Manson in 2015 when she was 22 and he was 46 backstage at one of his shows.
Like the other alleged victims, she said the rocker was loving at first before turning violent.
Among her claims is that he forced her to take drugs with him and that they made a blood pact.
She said: ‘It has taken me five years to speak out and say that I was in an abusive relationship. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and still suffer from nightmares.
‘I blocked out a lot of the memories, but the feelings remain and manifest in various ways. The reason I’m finally sharing this traumatic experience is for my healing and because I’m done being silent.
‘I don’t believe it’s fair for someone to not be held accountable for their horrific actions. I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor.’
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