Everything We Know So Far About Evan Rachel Wood’s Years of Abuse Under Marilyn Manson

by | May 31, 2021 | THE GRAPEVINE | 0 comments

For years now, actor and activist Evan Rachel Wood has spoken about how she had previously been in an abusive relationship with a man who tortured and threatened to kill her, but never named the alleged abuser.

On Monday, Feb 1st, she finally broke her silence. In an Instagram post, she identified singer and former partner Marilyn Manson, using his birth name, Brian Warner, as her abuser and that he had groomed and abused her for years.


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“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” wrote Wood, who met Manson when she was 18 and he was 36. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission.”

Not long after, Manson took to Instagram with his response to the allegations, calling them ‘horrible distortions of reality.’


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Wood, 33, had previously spoken out about surviving sexual assault and has actively advocated for legislation to take notice of survivors of abuse.

In 2018, The Westworld star testified in front of a House Judiciary Subcommittee to advocate for the passing of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights in all 50 states. A year later, she presented evi dence to the California Senate Public Safety Committee on behalf of the Phoenix Act, pushing for legislation to help abuse survivors.

“He broke me down through means of starvation, sleep deprivation, and threats against my life,” Wood told the Senate. “Sometimes with deadly weapons, which would result in me having severe panic attacks where I was unable to breathe or stop shaking.”

Since her admission, at least six other women have come forward with their own accounts of abuse under Manson’s company.

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Model Sarah McNeilly recounted on her Instagram how he “tortured” her and that she was “emotionally abused, terrorized and scarred.”

“I was locked in rooms when I was ‘bad’, sometimes forced to listen to him entertaining other women,” wrote McNeilly. “I was told stories of others who tried to tell their story and their pets ended up dead.”

As a result of the mental and physical abuse, she admits to suffering “from mental health issues and PTSD that have affected my personal and professional relationships, self-worth and personal goals.”


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Ashley Lindsay Morgan met Manson around 2009/2010 while modelling in Bangkok, when she was contacted by him for an upcoming project. The two moved in together soon after.

She wrote on Instagram, “He made me feel like cutting me, burning me, his fist in my mouth was ‘our thing’,” said Morgan. “I know he is doing this to a rotating door of young girls, and causing irreparable damage.”

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Another woman by the name of Ashley Walters wrote on her Instagram that she continues to “suffer from PTSD, and struggle with depression” due to her abusive relationship with Manson.

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Artist Gabriella, who goes by sourgirrrl on Instagram, is the fourth to share her statements accusing Manson of abuse. They met in 2015 when she was 22 and him 46. 


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During the relationship, he threatened her, forced drugs down her throat while she was getting tattooed, took naked photos of her without her permission and used her traumas and fears against her.

Artist and activist Love Bailey also came forward with her story of how Manson held a gun to her head after she was hired to style an actress for a photoshoot held at his residence back in 2011.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, am I going to die?’ “

She recounted how she felt “powerless,” “stunned” and “shocked,” asking herself, ‘Isn’t he too famous to kill me?’

In August 2018, a police report was filed against Manson, accusing him of having raped someone in 2011. However, due to a lack of corroborating evidence, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to pursue further charges

Support From Women In The Industry

Women from all over the industry have since come in a wave of support for Wood, who shares a son with ex-husband Jamie Bell, and the other women. Selma Blair, Kat Dennings, Melissa Benoit, Anna Paquin and many more commended Wood for her bravery.

Anna says "Your courage is inspiring [four black heart emojis]
Selma says "I love you [yellow heart emoji]
Melissa says "I stand with you"

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Even Manson’s ex-fiancee, Rose McGowan, who posted a statement on Twitter reading, “I stand with Evan Rachel Wood and other brave women who have come forward.”

Singer Phoebe Bridgers recently came out also with her own experience with Manson on her Twitter, one that took place when she was a teenager visiting his house with friends and how he boasted having a ‘r*pe room.’  


(Source: Phoebe Bridgers/ Twitter)

“The label knew, management knew, the band knew,” said Bridgers. “I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward.”

Dita Von Tesse, who was with Manson for 7 years, gave her two-cents on the issue, in a statement on Wednesday posted on her Instagram.

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“Please know that the details made public do not match my personal experience during our 7 years together as a couple. Had they I would not have married him in 2005,” said the 48-year-old burlesque dancer and businesswoman.

She later explained that her relationship with Manson ended was due to “infidelity and drug abuse.”

In addition to being a musician, Manson has had regular stints as an actor, appearing in shows like American Gods and Sons of Anarchy. He was set to appear in a segment of AMC’s horror anthology Creepshow, but in light of the allegations, they have decided not to air the episode and Manson’s record label, Loma Vista, has since dropped him as an artist.