Evan Rachel Wood’s Abuser Was Marilyn Manson, The Rock Star Is In Big Trouble
Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood has finally revealed the name of her abuser. Back in April, she accused an unnamed man of mental and physical abuse, and she has revealed today he was is in fact Brian Warner, aka rocker Marilyn Manson. It was not a real surprise, since plenty of people had guessed it was effectively the rock star because Wood and Manson were effectively dating at the time of the alleged abuse, but the news dropped like a bombshell nevertheless.
‘The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,’ Wood wrote in an Instagram post. ‘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.’
As a result, several women came forward on Instagram and other social media, equally denouncing Manson’s horrific behavior:
It felt like I was his property because would offer me up for sexual encounters to please potential collaborators or friends and bragged that he could do so. I’d be threatened if he wasn’t happy with me or be made to do impossible tasks so, he could continue to berate me,’ wrote Ashley Walters who said she was contacted by Manson for a collaboration on a photoshoot in 2010. […] ‘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.’
‘I was emotionally abused, terrorized and scarred, I was locked in rooms when I was ‘bad’, sometimes forced to listen to him entertaining other women. Kept away from certain friends or if I didn’t he would threaten to come after them. I was told stories of others who tried to tell their story and their pets ended up dead. I wasn’t allowed to go near other artists working on the same set, as he told me they had aids and were disgusting and if I did so he would be very upset and ‘I wouldn’t want that’. I was verbally berated for hours upon hours. Blamed for everything under the sun in order to make me feel worthless,’ wrote Sarah McNeilly a model who dated Manson […] ‘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.’
‘He would tie me up for the first of many times and rape me. I sobbed on the floor in the hotel room and when I looked at him, he was smiling. He told me he knew that’s how I loved him because of my reaction. He took naked photos of me without my permission while I was sleeping and tied up and sent them to his friends,’ wrote Gabriella, an artist who met Manson backstage in 2015. […] ‘He told me that I wasn’t allowed to wear pants. He told me to change my hair color from pink to platinum blonde. He would throw objects at me like glass. He would cut me during sex. He called me crazy. He called me autistic. He knew that my relatives are black and that I too share that DNA and would make fun of my race. He would go through my phone and ask who I was texting. He would tell me to turn my DM’s off so that no one could message me. He destroyed my belongings.’[…] He would threaten me by saying that I should be scared of him. He would often brag about being affiliated with the MS 13 gang and that he could have me or anyone killed.’
‘There was abuse, sexual violence, physical violence, and coercion. I still feel the affects every day. I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD. I try to wash constantly to get him out or off of me. While I was flying back and forth from Thailand he asked me to bring him Nazi memorabilia, there is so much in Asia that was hidden during WW2. He wanted everything I could find… I brought him swastika throwing stars, knives, rings, it felt so wrong because I am Jewish,’ wrote Ashley Lindsay Morgan, a model who met Manson in Bangkok in 2009. ‘I wasn’t allowed to eat, or sleep, or leave. I was awoken with loud music if I fell asleep. He made me feel like him cutting me, burning me, his fist my mouth was ‘our thing.’
Who knows how many women have been in a similar situation with Manson? You can read even more traumatic details on their respective pages, and it’s obviously important to mention all of them because it shows a pattern: young women (nevertheless adults) first seduced by the rocker’s aura or genuinely interested in his strange persona, soon describing a very controlling and manipulative relationship involving risky sex, humiliation, violence, and threats. Although I am not a fan, Marilyn Manson makes the separation between the art and the artist even more difficult. Aren’t Manson’s appearance, stage antics, and full Halloween-meets-the-antichrist character supposed to be an act? This is how I have always tried to see it… the blood, the stage sacrifice, the transgressive art… it was all an act, right? The problem is that, after reading these women’s testimonies, the act comes close to real life, the stage act is real life.
However, Manson gave many hints of his real personality in plenty of interviews, for example in this 2017 interview and this other one from 2020 that made him quite uncomfortable while dropping a firm ‘There’s no allegations against me, and I’m not going to talk about it. Rumors…’ The MeToo movement has certainly had its excesses and ample lacks of nuances, and Manson claiming in 2017 that he disliked ‘the entire snowball effect that’s happened with it’ was not shocking at all. I actually agreed with him. But we are now in a different context, as the violence, death threats, and all the stuff described by these women surely sound different and much more serious than the usual stories that have put plenty of men in trouble. In May 2018, Manson was already facing a police report filed against him for unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011, However, the district attorney had declined that case because the statute of limitations had expired and ‘absence of corroboration.’ Signs were already there, and many people probably knew.
Without blaming these women, it’s still very difficult for many to imagine all these young women, all extremely beautiful, getting involved with someone like Marilyn Manson, and I am probably saying this because I have never been attracted by the creepy type. All the women admit it, there was a strong attraction at the beginning, as he was ‘claiming he was just misunderstood’… writes one of them. Let’s be honest, even before knowing about the abuse accusations, Manson has always looked very strange, very edgy, very extreme, and certainly not someone most women would have got involved with… unless you would like to look edgy too? This had to be the attraction. Manson also had this intellectual prince-of darkness side in the media, making intelligent points in Michael Moore’s ‘Bowling for Columbine’, collaborating with paintings with David Lynch… another artist whose art can certainly be disturbing, ever see ‘Blue Velvet’? ‘The first thing that he ever said to me was that he was ‘going to bite me’ writes one woman. It may have sounded weird and fun at first, but it is hard to understand why these women didn’t run away at the first sign of deviant behavior.
Besides Wood, four women have come forward with more or less the same horrific story, a tale of abuse, violent sex, and control, and it may sound astonishing that he got away with so much for so long.
Manson has denied everything and called the relationships ‘entirely consensual’ and the allegations ‘horrible distortions of reality.’ Meanwhile, he was dropped by his label, Loma Vista Recordings, which declared: ‘In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately. Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.’
Different series starring Manson (Starz’s American Gods, and AMC Networks’ Creepshow) will not air or will edit out his character…
This really looks like a cancellation, Marilyn Manson has been canceled, as more people have joined the crowd, and this is probably not over. A few days ago, California State Senator Susan Rubio has sent this letter to the US Justice Department asking for an investigation into allegations of abuse.
Dan Cleary, Manson’s personal assistant in 2014, then guitar tech in 2015, declared via Twitter: ‘I worked directly with Marilyn Manson in 2007-2008 for his touring band when Evan Rachel Wood was with him. She was on tour with us the entire time. Over the course of 1 year, he turned her into a different person. He broke her. I didn’t totally realize until later in life. I then starting working for him as his personal assistant in 2014-2015. I saw first hand, over and over him being an abusive violent boyfriend to his girlfriend Lindsay. Over the almost two year stretch, I saw her in tears and him screaming and belittling her more often than I didn’t. He would threaten to kill her, cut her up, bury her, embarrass her to the world. Making her cry and fear him made him feel good. He would remind her that she’d be homeless without him and make fun of her learning disabled family member.’
But Cleary added something even more sinister: ‘Everyone in his immediate circle knows this. But everyone (including myself) is afraid to say anything because of “the code”. It’s frowned upon to tell people’s private business. Those of us that stay quiet do it because we were making a living. And it’s hard to find work in music if you can’t keep your mouth shut. But enough is enough. His fans will be angry and not believe it because they don’t want to. I understand that. I’m sorry to them. But it’s true.’
The most disturbing thing in the story is not that Marilyn Manson is a psychopathic abuser but that he got away with so much for so long because everyone was either afraid to lose a job or was benefiting from the situation. As usual, this is the truly tragic part.