Warning: This article contains descriptions of abuse which some readers may find distressing.
Evan Rachel Wood has shared an Instagram post in which she accuses Marilyn Manson of abuse throughout their relationship. The pair were a couple on-and-off between 2007 and 2010, when Wood was 19 and Manson was 37, and they went on to get engaged before eventually splitting up.
In the social media statement shared yesterday, the actress 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."
Wood goes on to say she is "done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail." The post continues: "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."
Since Evan Rachel Wood's post, four other women have gone on to accuse Manson of abusive behaviour. The allegations include "mind control, torture tactics... and spy devices to gather information for blackmailing and manipulation," as well as emotional abuse, sexual assault, and gaslighting.
Marilyn Manson quickly took to Instagram to deny the claims against him, writing in a post: "Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality.
"My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."
Within hours of Evan Rachel Wood's post being shared, Marilyn Manson's record label, Loma Vista Recordings, released a statement announcing it was parting ways with the artist.
"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," read the statement. "Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects."
It's not the first time singer Manson has refuted claims of abuse; an anonymous allegation in 2018 relating to incidents that took place in 2011 was "categorically denied" by the Tainted Love singer. The Los Angeles district attorney ultimately ended up dismissing the case due to an "absence of corroboration."
If you're affected by any of the issues in this article visit Women's Aid's website or call the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for help and support.
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