Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has spoken up in the past about at least one former relationship that allegedly involved nightmarish abuse, but without ever going so far as to identify the person she was speaking about. That silence has come to an end, however, with Wood going public and name-checking shock rocker and occasional actor Marilyn Manson, saying that he "horrifically abused" her for years. Following the actress and activist's accusations, more women have come out with their own abuse allegations.
Having quit Twitter last year, Evan Rachel Wood took to Instagram to call out Marilyn Manson, real name Brian Warner, for allegedly grooming, brainwashing and manipulating her during their relationship, which began in the mid-2000s when she was 18 years old and he was 36. Here's how she put it in her post:
Evan Rachel Wood, who came out as bisexual after her relationship with Manson ended, has spoken out against sexual abuse in the past, most notably in front of a House Judiciary Subcommittee with the goal of getting the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights passed across the country. But while she has long been open to a certain extent about her past experiences, she'd always left her abuser's name out of it, and her post seems to imply that she didn't call Marilyn Manson out personally in the past due to fear of being blackmailed or retaliated against.
After Evan Rachel Wood's post started making the rounds, it inspired other women to come forward to share their own accusations against Marilyn Manson, who got married for the second time in 2020, to Lindsay Usich. (He was previously married to Dita Von Teese from 2005-2007.) Each of the women shared their stories on Instagram, though not all of them have remained active, with one in particular being taken down. Here are the claims made by Sarah McNeilly:
Below are the allegations shared by Ashley Lindsay Morgan, who claimed that her relationship with Marilyn Manson happened around a decade ago while she was modeling in Thailand. Things reportedly went from her feeling comfortable in the early days to him eventually coaxing her to bring him Nazi memorabilia from her trips to Bangkok, which allegedly occurred on top of him hurting, shaming and degrading her. Here's how she put it:
Another woman who goes simply by Gabriella shared her own awful claims, which involved allegedly being forced into a situation where she overdosed on drugs and wasn't allowed to be taken to the hospital.
At this time, it doesn't appear as if Marilyn Manson has public responded to the abuse claims made against him. As well, no updates have come from the Concord or Loma Vista Recordings, the labels behind his latest album, WE ARE CHAOS, which released in September 2020.