Evan Rachel Wood Named Marilyn Manson As Her Abuser (UPDATE)
Back in 2018, Evan Rachel Wood testified in front of a House Judiciary Committee about the “toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse” she suffered in an effort to get Congress to pass the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights on a national level. During that hearing, Evan described being raped by her partner as well as having suffered “severe gaslighting and brainwashing” and frequent threats against her life. At the time, Evan did not name her abuser. However, today that changed. To the shock of not one single person, Evan named Brian Warner, better known as Marilyn Manson, as her abuser in an Instagram post. According to Vanity Fair, following Evan’s post, at least three other women have come forward to say #metoo in the most specific way possible, also accusing Brian of sexual and psychological abuse.
Here’s Evan’s post. I’ll be referring to MM as Brian from here on out because we have to remember he’s just a sick, sad, pasty nerd from Ohio who had to do the absolute most to get anybody to notice him.
Here’s what Evan testified to in front of the HJC about her then-unnamed abuser. She also testified in front of the California Senate in support of the Phoenix Act, “legislation that altered the statute of limitations for crimes involving domestic violence.” via USA Today:
“My experience with domestic violence was this,” she said, “the 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.
“The worst part,” she continued, “sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them. In this moment, while I was tied up and being beaten, and being told unspeakable things, I truly felt like I could die, not just because my abuser said to me, ‘I could kill you right now,’ but because in that moment I felt like I left my body, and I was too afraid to run.”
VF notes that in 2009, Brian was quoted as having said “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.” For more deeply disturbing confessions, here’s a Twitter thread detailing levels of depravity that make Armie Hammer sound as vanilla as he looks.
Evan was 18 at the time she met Brian. He was 36 and married to Dita Von Teese. Brian was also engaged to Rose McGowan from 1999-2001 (he’s currently married to photographer Lindsay Usich). Last year, Brian was doing an interview with Metal Hammer and was asked about Evan’s testimony. He ended the interview and his reps released a statement discrediting Evan on the basis that he “remains good friends” with Rose and Dita. I guess we’ll see how long that lasts.
UPDATE: Not very long. Rose McGowan responded on Twitter in support of Evan.
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.
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) February 1, 2021
VF reports that “in a show of solidarity, at least three other women posted their own allegations against Manson, detailing harrowing experiences that they claim included sexual assault, psychological abuse, and/or various forms of coercion, violence, and intimidation.” A fourth woman also posted something but has since deleted it. Here are the other posts from three brave women who are still healing from their experiences with Brian.
Sadly, it seems doubtful that Brian will ever be prosecuted for his alleged crimes, so we won’t have the enjoyment of watching them take away all his makeup and grillz as he’s marched into prison. I’m sure he’s 100% scarier looking sans fards. But maybe the accusations against him will be enough to give the producers of AMC’s Creepshow pause before moving forward with Brian who is set to appear in the upcoming season. Otherwise, they might have to place a disclaimer that pops up every time Brian is on camera that says “Despite this ghoulish, doughy Creepshow right here, Creepshow the show is a work of fiction.”