In 2021 Evan Rachel Wood bravely came forward to tell the world that she had allegedly been abused by her ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson. This year she is telling the full story of her relationship with him.
Next month, HBO will release a two-part documentary series called Phoenix Rising, in which Evan Rachel Wood details the alleged abuse she experienced from renowned musician Marilyn Manson. She wrote in an Instagram post that he "horrifically abused" her for many years.
"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson," she said. "I was brainwashed into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail."
Her intention was not only to expose Marilyn Manson but also to shed light on the predatory behavior that takes place in Hollywood to young, vulnerable girls. She was only 18 years old when she met Marilyn at a party, and he was 37. Over the next four years of her life, the two had an on-again-off-again relationship. Evan is about to unleash some seriously disturbing details about their romance in her upcoming documentary.
Evan Rachel Wood Said Marilyn Manson Groomed Her
With a nearly 20-year age gap, it's not hard to believe that Marilyn groomed Evan. She said they met in 2006 in L.A., at a time when she was admittedly "so insecure" with "no core identity." They connected because he was telling her about a new project he was working on, which never came to fruition. It was called "Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll."
Shortly after they struck up a romantic relationship, Marilyn initiated strange behavior with Evan that was meant to represent their love for one another. He carved an "M" near her private parts; this was supposed to "show ownership and loyalty." He in turn had an "E" carved on himself. As much as Evan wants to remove this branding, she has to keep it to use as evidence in a case against him.
He also became violent with her from a young age. She recalled one particular incident in which he allegedly drank a bottle of liquid Vicodin, dragged her by the arm, and started throwing things inside his tour bus. People watched, but Evan said nobody did anything to help her, leaving her feeling unsafe and scared.
Marilyn Manson Maintains His Innocence
Although Evan even says in the documentary that Marilyn threatened to harm her and her family if she ever spoke publicly about his actions, he still claims he is innocent to this day. There are multiple other women in Phoenix Rising who also shared accounts of Marilyn abusing them, but he has yet to acknowledge if these stories are true.
"Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality," Manson previously stated in an Instagram post. "Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."
But you won't hear a peep from Marilyn or any of his reps in Phoenix Rising. This series exclusively sheds light on Evan and the other women who have come forward.