What Marilyn Manson Said About Evan Rachel Wood's Accusations of Abuse on 'Phoenix Rising'

In her HBO documentary Phoenix Rising, Evan Rachel Wood has accused Marilyn Manson of abuse, claiming he groomed her as a teen and subjected her to domestic abuse during their relationship.

Wood first publicly named Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, as her alleged abuser in a post on Instagram on February 1, 2021, in which she claimed Manson had "horrifically abused [her] for years" and said she was "brainwashed and manipulated" by him.

On the same day that Wood named Manson publicly, four other women also came forward and accused the musician of sexual and physical violence, as well as mental, physical and emotional abuse.

According to Rolling Stone, at least 16 women have now come forward to make allegations against Manson.

Phoenix Rising sees Wood share details of this alleged abuse, which include her claiming that Manson had raped her on camera while they filmed the music video for his song "Heart-Shaped Glasses" in 2007.

Manson has vehemently denied all allegations made against him and has launched a defamation lawsuit against Wood over the documentary.

What Marilyn Manson Said About Evan Rachel Wood's Accusations of Abuse on 'Phoenix Rising'

Wood and Manson first met when she was 18 and he was 37, and their relationship became public in 2007. They became engaged in 2010, but broke up shortly thereafter.

In 2018, Wood first spoke about the abuse she experienced when testifying in front of U.S. Congress during a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime with fellow activists, though she did not name Warner at the time.

She then testified in April 2019 in front of the California Senate Public Safety Committee to pass The Phoenix Act, a bill which called for the statue of limitations for sexual assault survivors to be extended from two to four years to 10 years.

On February 2, 2021, a day after Wood publicly named him as her alleged abuser, Manson shared a statement on social media in which he said: "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."

Manson's legal representatives have also released a statement, which is shown in Phoenix Rising, that says: "Mr. Warner vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone. These lurid claims against my client have three things in common—they are all false, alleged to have taken place more than a decade ago, and part of a coordinated attack by former partners and associates of Mr. Warner who have weaponized the otherwise mundane details of his personal life and their consensual relationships into fabricated horror stories."

In Phoenix Rising, Wood claimed that while filming the music video for "Heart-Shaped Glasses" she was given absinthe and drugs, and Manson "started penetrating [her] for real" whilst filming a scene that was meant to be "simulated."

Wood explained: "It's nothing like I thought it was going to be. We're doing things that were not what was pitched to me. We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that."

In an interview with The Independent on January 26, 2022, Manson's attorney Howard King said: "Of all the false claims that Evan Rachel Wood has made about Brian Warner, her imaginative retelling of the making of the 'Heart-Shaped Glasses' music video 15 years ago is the most brazen and easiest to disprove, because there were multiple witnesses.

"Evan was not only fully coherent and engaged during the three-day shoot but also heavily involved in weeks of pre-production planning and days of post-production editing of the final cut.

"The simulated sex scene took several hours to shoot with multiple takes using different angles and several long breaks in between camera setups. Brian did not have sex with Evan on that set, and she knows that is the truth."

On Wednesday, March 3, Manson's legal team announced that a defamation lawsuit had been filed against Wood and "her on-again, off-again romantic partner" Ashley "Illma" Gore in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Manson's attorney King told Newsweek at the time: "This detailed complaint has been filed to stop a campaign of malicious and unjustified attacks on Brian Warner. Years after the end of Evan Rachel Wood's long-term relationship with Warner, she and her girlfriend Illma Gore recruited numerous women and convinced them to make false allegations against him—claims that Wood and Gore scripted for them."

According to a complaint obtained by Newsweek on March 2, attorneys for Manson wrote that his portrayal as a "rapist and abuser" was "a malicious falsehood that has derailed [his] successful music, TV, and film career."

The lawsuit also alleges Wood and Gore "secretly recruited, coordinated, and pressured prospective accusers to emerge simultaneously with allegations of rape and abuse against Warner." It also accused the pair of circulating a letter impersonating an FBI agent that falsely claimed a federal investigation was underway.

Wood appeared on The View on March 14 to speak about her allegations against Manson, and she also spoke about his lawsuit and claimed she was "not scared."

She said: "I can't obviously speak about any of the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but I'm not scared. I am sad, because this is how it works.

"This is what pretty much every survivor that tries to expose someone in a position of power goes though, and this is part of the retaliation that keeps survivors quiet. This is why people don't want to come forward. This was expected."

She added: "I am very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out. This is clearly timed before the documentary... I'm not doing this to clear my name. I'm doing this to protect people.

"I'm doing this to sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there and I don't want anybody getting near him. So people can think whatever they want about me. I have to let the legal process run its course, and I'm steady as a rock."

In response to Wood's appearance on The View, Warner's attorney King told Newsweek: "As we detailed in our lawsuit, nothing that Evan Rachel Wood, Illma Gore or their hand-picked co-conspirators have said on this matter can be trusted. This is just more of the same. But, then again, what else would you expect from a group who have spread falsehood after falsehood about Brian and even went as far as to forge an FBI letter to further their phony claims?"

Newsweek has approached Wood's representatives for further comment.

Phoenix Rising airs in two parts on HBO on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16.

Anyone seeking help should call The National Domestic Violence Hotline, a free and confidential hotline available 24/7 that can be reached on 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. The Hotline also provides information on local resources. For more information visit https://www.thehotline.org/.

Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood
Left: Marilyn Manson attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Right: Evan Rachel Wood at the "Westworld" Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Wood has accused Manson of grooming her and domestic abuse, allegations which are detailed in the documentary "Phoenix Rising." Manson has denied all allegations made against him. Karwai Tang/Vera Anderson/Getty Images/WireImage