American singer, songwriter, and record producer, Marilyn Manson, has been accused of abuse by multiple women. The news broke after activist and actor, Evan Rachel Wood, led the way with a statement issued through social media.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood wrote in her statement. “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. 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.”
Wood, who is now aged 33, dated Manson when she was 18-years-old and the singer was 36. While this is not the first time Wood has voiced her accusations, this time her statement comes in solidarity with at least four other women who have detailed other examples of abuse.
In 2018, Wood issued a statement before a House Judiciary Subcommittee, testifying in an attempt to get the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights passed in all 50 states. At the time, she said: “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.” However, when speaking to the committee in 2018, she did not name her abuser.
In the wake of the ‘Me Too’ movement, according to an article published in The Hollywood Reporter, a police report was allegedly issued against Manson and detailed sex crimes which are said to have taken place in 2011. At that time, However, Manson’s attorney, Howard E. King, said that the “allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied by Mr. Warner and are either completely delusional or part of a calculated attempt to generate publicity.”
Adding: “Any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false.”
Late in 2020, Manson’s team also moved to issue a statement denying any allegations made by Wood, explaining: “Unfortunately, we live in a time where people believe what they read on the Internet, and feel free to say what they want with no actual evidence. The effects can be catastrophic and promoting non fact based information is wholly irresponsible.”
Now though, in the latest development, Evan Rachel Wood has been joined by more women who have accused Manson of abuse. Below, view some of the allegations which have been sourced by Vanity Fair.
“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. I want to see Brian held accountable for his evil.”
“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.”
Ashley Lyndsay Morgan:
“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.”
“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.”