Evan Rachel Wood accuses Marilyn Manson of 'horrifically' abusing her

Evan Rachel Wood
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Evan Rachel Wood has come forward to accuse ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson of "horrifically" abusing her.

The Westworld star has previously discussed her experiences with domestic abuse, and in an Instagram post on Monday, she revealed "the name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson," alleging he "started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," per Variety. The two were engaged for less than a year in 2010 after their relationship became public in 2007.

"I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission," Wood wrote. "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."

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Although Wood hadn't named Manson as her alleged abuser, she has previously opened up about being a victim of domestic violence and testified before Congress in 2018 about her experience with "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," per USA Today.

Manson hasn't yet commented on Wood's allegations, though his representatives previously released a statement in 2020 saying, in part, that there are "numerous articles over multiple years where Evan Rachel Wood speaks very positively about her relationship with Manson."

Alongside Wood, Vanity Fair reports four other women also came forward with their own social media posts on Monday accusing Manson of abuse and saying they have suffered from PTSD since their alleged experiences with him.

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