Eccentric singer/songwriter Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) was recently accused of psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse by his ex-fiancée, actress Evan Rachel Wood.
In a post from her Instagram story dated February 1, Wood alleges that Manson, who she was engaged to briefly in 2007, “horrifically abused her for years” after grooming her when she was a teenager. She was not the first to accuse Manson, nor was she the last. Manson is known in popular culture for his controversial past, noticeable appearance, and high profile relationships.
Not the First Time Accusations Have Been Brought against Manson
In May 2018, a police report was filed in Los Angeles accusing Manson of “unspecified sex crimes” as far back as 2011.
The LA County District Attorney declined to prosecute Manson at that time because the statute of limitations had already passed and because there was an “absence of corroboration.” Howard E. King, Manson’s attorney, called the situation “outlandish” and “completely delusional.” The party in question who filed the report was supposedly an acquaintance of Manson’s who alleged that he held her against her will for 48 hours back in 2011.
Manson’s attorney called the situation “outlandish” and “completely delusional.”
It’s no surprise that Manson might have been able to fly under the radar in 2018. At that time, the #MeToo movement was well underway and authorities were concerned with sifting through the piling evidence against Hollywood producer and financier Harvey Weinstein. Accusations against Manson came at the same time as other more highly publicized ones, like those against Girls writer Murray Miller and actor and writer Steven Seagal.
Other Accusers Besides Evan Rachel Wood
Though Evan Rachel Wood is perhaps the most well-known of Mason’s accusers, she certainly isn’t the only one.
The same year the undisclosed acquaintance filed the police report against him, actress Charlyne Yi accused Manson of harassment in a series of tweets. Yi said that when he visited the set of House, which she was part of, he “harassed just about every woman.”
Dan Cleary, a former assistant to Manson, also said on Twitter he had witnessed numerous incidents of the musician being abusive towards Wood and Manson’s current wife Lindsay Usich. In a thread of tweets, Cleary said he watched Manson “break” Wood and turn her into a different person. At the time of Wood and Manson’s engagement, she was 19 and he was 38.
A former assistant to Manson said Manson broke Wood and turned her into a different person.
In 2009, when asked about Wood and their breakup, Manson said he “had fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”
Just 10 years later, in 2019, Wood testified in front of the California State Senate on behalf of the Phoenix Act, which would extend the statute of limitations for acts of domestic violence. During her testimony, Wood said of her yet unnamed abuser, “He cut me off from my close friends and family one by one, by exhibiting rage in some form or another when I was in contact with them. He had bouts of extreme jealousy, which would often result in him wrecking our home, cornering me in a room and threatening me.” Only now is the identity behind the alleged abuser in that testimony crystal clear.
Two other accusers, including stylist Love Bailey and musician Chloe Black, shared experiences of Manson physically abusing them. Bailey said that at a photo shoot once, Manson held a gun to her head. His former fiancée Rose McGowan also concurred with the allegations of physical, mental, verbal, and emotional abuse.
Manson’s former wife, model and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, expressed that during her seven-year relationship with Manson, she didn’t experience any of the abuse that Wood alleges but affirmed that she stands with his accusers and urges them to heal and “realize” themselves.
Manson Denies the Accusations of Abuse
While Manson has denied addressing each allegation specifically, he did release a statement on Instagram: “Obviously, my art and 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 choosing to now misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
His talent agency, CAA, was quick to sever ties with him.
His blanket denial of all accusations wasn’t enough, however. His talent agency, CAA, which also represents Wood, was quick to sever ties with him. Loma Vista Recordings, his record label, also dropped him just hours after Wood’s initial Instagram post.
While Manson’s supporters claim his professional life will suffer because of what appear to be baseless accusations meant to destroy his career, the #MeToo crowd and advocates behind Wood think this is a step in the right direction. Only time will tell if more accusers decide to come forward, or if Manson becomes subject to a criminal investigation.
This is a developing story.