Evan Rachel Wood’s Testimony Describes An Abuser Who Could Well Be Her Ex-Boyfriend Marilyn Manson
So would Marilyn Manson turn out to be a real monster after all? A terrible freak like the ones you see in James Bond movies or in the films of Lars Von Trier?
Yes, if you admit that the famous rocker is the person whom actress Evan Rachel Wood is accusing of mental and physical abuse, and this seems to be a fact for the websites Metalsucks and MetalInjection, which have openly identified Wood’s abuser as Manson.
The Westworld actress helped to create the Phoenix Act, a new law that seeks to extend the statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes from 3 to 10 years in California, and for this reason, she was testifying in front of the California Senate Public Safety committee last year. The video, which has finally surfaced — it was made public a long time ago but had never been brought to the attention of the public — shows the actress describing a horrific relationship she had with an older man when she was just 18 years old.
The transcript is available, and she describes the details of her mental and physical abuse without naming her abuser. She looks visibly afraid and traumatized by the remembrance of the experience and has said on Twitter she has received death threats if she ever reveals the name of this person. Since her tweets are now protected, I could not verify this.
As it is always the case in these big-age-gap relationships, there was first a grooming period, then the reality jumped at her face when the man, who was 36 at the time, revealed his true nature:
‘He had bouts of extreme jealousy, which would often result in him wrecking our home, cornering me in a room, and threatening me.’
‘I was told ‘no one would ever love me like him,’ ‘no one would want me if I left him,’ and ‘he would kill anyone who touched me.’
She also says he was spying on her with software downloaded on her phone and computer so that she became isolated from her friends and family. Then he ‘broke her down’ ‘through means of starvation, sleep deprivation,’ and threats against her life. He forced her to stay awake for days with drugs and used threats of all sorts on a daily basis. Wood tried to escape the terrible situation several times but succumbed to his threats again. She even describes physical tortures like the ones you would imagine in a horror movie: ‘He cornered me in our bedroom, and asked me to kneel. Then he tied me up by my hands and feet. Once I was restrained he beat me and shocked sensitive parts of my body with a torture device called a violet wand. To him, it was a way for me to prove my loyalty. The pain was excruciating. It felt like I left my body and a part of me died that day.’
Wood recognized she was a victim of what we call the Stockholm Syndrome, and when she finally escaped her abuser, it took her a very long time to be able to speak publicly as her shame was ‘still overwhelming’ while she has been ‘diagnosed with complex PTSD, including disassociation, panic attacks, night terrors, agoraphobia, impulse control, chronic pain in my body, among other symptoms.’
She is also well aware that this new bill will not affect her case, which has reached its statute of limitations but will hopefully benefit other victims of abuse.
You can watch her emotional testimony below and judge by yourself, but she looks genuinely shaken and has nothing to gain from this.
How can we be certain she is talking about Marilyn Manson? First, they were dating at that time, and then, there are interviews of Manson like this one, published by Spin in 2009. While talking about his break up with Wood, Manson declared: ‘And every time I called her that day — I called 158 times — I took a razorblade and I cut myself on my face or on my hands’… ‘ the song ‘I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies’ is about my fantasies. I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.’
One can say, it’s just fantasy, it’s art, but when you put side by side Wood’s testimony and Marilyn Manson’s persona, you have to wonder if it’s really just an act? There is enough violence in his music and videos to scare the hell out of anyone, and it’s now difficult to not think about Evan Rachel Wood when watching the video for his 2009 song ‘Running To The Edge of the World,’ which shows a blonde girl beaten and tortured. It’s also difficult to read the lyrics of ‘Blood Honey’ (‘I got you tied up and I love it/Tied up and I love it/Now, why would I set you free?’) without thinking… isn’t it exactly what she described?
I am careful and I always try to separate the art from the artist, but sometimes it’s simply difficult or even impossible.
There is also another aspect that could fire against Evan Rachel Wood, as she has praised her relationship with Manson in previous interviews, even after they had broken up: ‘I wouldn’t trade any of (the relationship),’ Wood told Net-A-Porter.com’s The EDIT in 2015. ‘I appreciate everything he taught me. I just don’t think we were right for each other.’ She has even declared in other interviews ‘And I was craving danger and excitement,’ But so what? She was probably attracted to Manson because he precisely was danger and excitement, but it doesn’t mean she had signed for torture. Plus she has said she was terrified to say anything negative about him because of the threats.
But you can also find 2017-8 interviews with Wood, in which she was already talking about the abuse, although this was more or less ignored by the media. As the #MeToo movement had already started to out every sexual abuser on the planet by that time, this is a bit strange. ‘He has a network of enablers around him. The few times I did reach out to people close to him for help, they were on the payroll and had signed non-disclosure agreements, so they would have to shake their head sympathetically,’ she has declared to Nylon Magazine in 2017…and this could explain a few things.
There are also examples of Manson’s abuse toward other people, this Twitter account seems to be pointing to all of them, from his dangerous friendship with the Hells Angels to his pointing a fake gun to a journalist’s neck to scare him to death, but there is nothing like the abuse described by Wood. Marilyn Manson has always hidden his real character behind his plaster makeup, his scary music, and his monster psychopath persona, but the curtain may be wide open now, and we may have seen his true face, which is strangely not different from what his art was telling us from the beginning? We live strange times when art imitates life and life imitates art.