Marilyn Manson Hits Back at Evan Rachel Wood's 'Brazen' Rape Claim

Marilyn Manson's legal team has refuted Evan Rachel Wood's claim that the musician raped her while filming a music video in 2007.

The Westworld actress has accused the performer—real name Brian Warner—of "essentially [raping her] on-camera" during the filming of "Heart-Shaped Glasses."

Wood is has accused her ex of "horrific abuse" after she became involved with him when she was 18 and he was 38, between the years of 2006 to 2011.

In Phoenix Rising, a new documentary about Wood's life and career which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, the 34-year-old describes shooting the music video as "complete chaos" and said she was left feeling "disgusting" after claiming that her then-boyfriend actually penetrated her during a simulated sex scene.

"It's nothing like I thought it was going to be," Wood said in the documentary.

"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 ... It was complete chaos."

She continued: "I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me. It was a really traumatizing experience filming the video. I felt disgusting and that I had done something shameful, and I could tell that the crew was uncomfortable, and nobody knew what to do."

Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood
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Wood added in the documentary that she was "coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses."

"That's when the first crime was committed against me," she says. "I was essentially raped on-camera."

However, Manson's legal team has denied the claim and said that it is "easy" to disprove.

"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," Howard King, attorney for Brian Warner, said in a statement to Newsweek.

"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."

Howard added: "Brian did not have sex with Evan on that set, and she knows that is the truth."

Newsweek has contacted Wood's representatives for comment on this statement.

Wood said that she had "never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day. It was complete chaos and I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me."

She said she didn't know how to advocate for herself or say no "because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back—to just soldier through."

Wood is ​​among a number of women, including Game of Thrones star Esmé Bianco, who have accused Manson of sexual and physical violence.

Manson has denied the charges made against him, calling them "horrible distortions of reality."

The 53-year-old is facing up to four lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault, battery and harassment. An investigation into allegations of domestic violence incidents by the Los Angeles County sheriff's department is also underway and his home was raided in November 2021.

The "Tainted Love" hitmaker was dropped by his record label, Loma Vista after allegations were made public in 2020.

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