In the past, Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has mentioned that she was abused by one of her unnamed exes. Now, she has come forward with a name – Brian Warner, who uses the stage name of Marilyn Manson.
Evan Rachel Wood names her abuser – Marilyn Manson
In a recent Instagram post, Wood disclosed the name of her abuser for the world to see. She 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. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.
Woods further mentioned how she’s not just calling out Manson, but also all of his enablers. She continued:
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.
As soon as her post went viral, other victims came forward against Manson as well. Evan Rachel Wood’s bravery managed to give other victims the strength to speak out against their abuser. They all gave some appalling details of the sexual assault, psychological abuse, and/or various forms of coercion, violence, and intimidation that they faced at the hands of Manson.
Manson denies the allegations
As a result, Manson’s record label dropped him and he was cut out from a TV series. In response, Manson denied all of the allegations made by Evan Rachel Wood and the other victims, saying:
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.
Evan Rachel Wood had detailed the horrific abuse she had gone through years ago
Wood met the star back when she was 18 years old and he was 36. She also testified before a House Judiciary Subcommittee to help pass the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights in all 50 states. In her statement, she told the subcommittee:
My experience with domestic violence was this: Toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse which started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body.
As for the other victims whom Evan Rachel Woods inspired to come out, this is what they said in their own respective statements.
Ashley Walters wrote in her Instagram post:
I continue to suffer from PTSD, and struggle with depression. I stayed in touch with quite a few people who went through their own traumas, under his control. As we all struggled, as survivors do, to get on with our lives, I’d keep hearing stories disturbingly similar to our own experiences. It became clear the abuse he’s caused; he continues to inflict on so many and I cannot stand by and let this happen to others. Brian Warner needs to be held accountable.
Sarah McNeilly wrote:
I have been afraid to bring any spotlight upon myself as to avoid winding up in his crosshairs again. As a result of the way he treated me, I suffer from mental health issues and PTSD that have affected my personal and professional relationships, self-worth and personal goals. I believe he gets off on ruining people’s lives. I stand in support of all that have and all will come forward.
Ashley Lindsay Morgan said:
I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD. I try to wash constantly to get him out or off of me, I am coming forward so he will finally stop.
Finally, Gabriella wrote in an Instagram post:
It has taken me five years to speak out and say that I was in an abusive relationship. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and still suffer from nightmares. I blocked out a lot of the memories, but the feelings remain and manifest in various ways. The reason I’m finally sharing this traumatic experience is for my healing and because I’m done being silent. I don’t believe it’s fair for someone to not be held accountable for their horrific actions. I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor.
Furthermore, Evan Rachel Wood got a lot of public support for her bravery as well. Actress-turned-activist Rose McGowan spoke out in support of her, saying:
I stand with Evan Rachel Wood and other brave women who have come forward. It takes years to recover from abuse and I send them strength on their journey to recovery. Let the truth be revealed. Let the healing begin.
And getting ostracized by the Hollywood fraternity may not be the only fallout from this incident. California state senator Susan Rubio is further calling for the Department of Justice and FBI to launch an investigation against Marilyn Manson.