- Evan Rachel Wood is sharing more horrifying details of her relationship with Marilyn Manson.
- New two-part documentary ‘Phoenix Rising’ premieres this week on HBO and HBO Max.
- She alleges he hit her with a Nazi whip, shocked her private parts and made her drink his blood.
Evan Rachel Wood shared more horrifying, harrowing accounts of her relationship with ex-fiancé Brian Warner (aka Marilyn Manson) in the second part of a new documentary premiering Wednesday on HBO (9 EDT/PDT).
In “Phoenix Rising – Part II: Stand Up” (both parts are available to stream Tuesday on HBO Max), the actress and activist says that Manson made her drink his blood, hit her with a swastika-adorned Nazi whip and shocked her private parts.
It follows “Phoenix Rising – Part I: Don’t Fall,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. In Part I, Wood, 34, detailed the start of her toxic and turbulent relationship with Manson, 53, and how she’s taking back the narrative.
The “Westworld” actress withheld her alleged abuser’s name for years, but identified Manson, who denied the claims, in an Instagram post in February 2021. Multiple women have since accused Manson of physical and sexual abuse and he has been hit with several lawsuits.
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Manson has since sued Wood in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing defamation, emotional distress and “impersonation over the internet.” He also sued her friend, artist Illma Gore, claiming both forged an FBI investigation letter.
“There will come a time when I can share more about the events of the past year. Until then, I’m going to let the facts speak for themselves,” Manson tweeted earlier this month, linking to the lawsuit.
Filmmakers contacted Manson but he did not respond to specific allegations. Instead, the film includes a statement from his lawyers, which says the musician “vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone” and described the claims as “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.”
Manson’s attorney Howard King also told USA TODAY: “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?”
Evan Rachel Wood alleges Marilyn Manson raped her in her sleep
Part II of the documentary begins in September 2020, where one of Manson’s former assistants, Dan Cleary, stands up for Wood publicly on Twitter. Wood hadn’t yet named Manson as her alleged abuser.
“He broke her. I didn’t totally realize until later in life,” Cleary wrote at the time. He added: “But as I see so many people defending him and calling his accusers liars, I’ve just had enough. Believe them, I saw it.” Fast-forward to October 2020, and Wood and Cleary get to embrace in person. Wood then meets former girlfriends of Manson, where they all commiserate about their alleged abuser.
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Wood says that Manson hacked into her emails, and Cleary corroborates that Manson collected data on those logged onto his Wi-Fi.
Manson and Wood were together on and off for four-and-a-half years, starting in mid-2006 when she was 18. He was 37.
In a chilling 2008 home video, Manson can be heard demanding that Wood answer him or else “I’ll kill you.”
Wood says Manson deprived her of sleep and suspected him of putting meth into drugs she was taking. She says she threw up every day and couldn’t get out of bed and claims he would also rape her in her sleep.
In 2009, she left for her father’s house in North Carolina. But Manson lured her back to Los Angeles, after he threatened to kill himself. She failed to secure a restraining order against him because she thought that would only make him more angry.
She says the abuse continued: He hit her with a Nazi whip from the Holocaust and shocked her private parts. He made her drink his blood, and he drank hers.
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Evan Rachel Wood details abortion, suicide attempt
Manson allegedly refused to wear a condom and didn’t want her using any birth control. When she left to film “Mildred Pierce” in 2011, she found out she was pregnant. Wood opted to have an abortion.
“I obviously believe in a woman’s right to choose, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t devastating,” Wood says.
She began feeling suicidal after the abortion and tried to kill herself, then later entered a mental health facility. “When I got there, I could sleep because he didn’t know where I was,” Wood says.
Later, Wood began fighting back more against Manson and planned to get out of the relationship. After she left to film “The Ides of March” in 2011, she didn’t see Manson again for years – effectively ending their relationship. She quickly got into a relationship with actor Jamie Bell, though didn’t realize the work she had to do to process the trauma she internalized.
She and Bell welcomed a son together in 2013 but have since divorced. The documentary shows Wood and her son celebrating Hanukkah together and sharing other tender moments, like when his tooth fell out.
She briefly fled to an undisclosed location after authorities began investigating Manson. She still hadn’t named him publicly but was getting death threats from his fans.
Still, Wood gave a statement about Manson to the FBI, and by February 2021, she felt ready to share her story publicly.
“I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission,” Wood wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “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.”
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, RAINN offers support through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE & online.rainn.org).
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Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.
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