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Evan Rachel Wood Names Marilyn Manson as Alleged Abuser

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"I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail."

Evan Rachel Wood has named Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson, as her alleged abuser.

In an Instagram post early Monday, Wood, the star of shows like True Blood and Westworld as well as movies like Frozen 2, says that Manson groomed her and then abused her "for years."

"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson," Wood's post reads. "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," Wood added, "I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent."

Wood first met Manson when she was 18 and he was 36. By 2007, when Wood was 20, their relationship was public and in 2010 they got engaged. They broke up seven months after the engagement was announced.

In 2016, Wood revealed to Rolling Stone that she had been raped both by a bar owner and by "a significant other while we were together." Until now, she has never named either abuser.

In 2018, Wood went before Congress to testify about her sexual assault as part of an effort to pass the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights Act. "It started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gas-lighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body," Wood said in her testimony.

She continued, "and the worst part: 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...While I was tied up and being beaten and 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."

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention research shows that bisexual women like Wood "experience significantly higher rates of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner" compared to both straight women and lesbians and heterosexual women. According to the CDC's 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, showed that 61 percent of bi women will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

Since Wood came forward, four other women have also alleged that Manson abused them, and Wood shared their posts on her Instagram Stories.

Photographer Ashley Walters detailed the abuse she suffered, saying that Manson used "mind control" and "torture tactics" including "different sound frequencies that would shift your mood or make you nauseous," not allowing her to sleep, and "spy devices to gather information for blackmailing and manipulation." She also says he would offer her for sexual encounters with his friends and collaborators.

Model Sarah McNeilly alleged that she was "emotionally abused, terrorized and scarred," by Manson. She says Manson threw her against the wall, berated her for hours, and would threaten to hurt her friends and even kill her.

Sourgirrrl, a visual artist, also detailed the alleged abuse he put her through, including tying her up and raping her, forced her to look a certain way, would cut her during sex, and forced her to take drugs against her will.

A fourth woman, Ashley Lindsay Morgan said that she faced "abuse, sexual violence, physical violence and coercion" from Manson while they were together. "I know he is still doing this to a rotating door of young girls," Morgan said, "and causing irreparable damage."

Manson has yet to publicly respond to the allegations.

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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.