Earlier this week, we reported on new allegations made by actor Evan Rachel Wood against her former boyfriend Marilyn Manson. In the statement, Wood said that Manson “essentially raped her” during the filming of the video for his song “Heart-Shaped Glasses.” Now, Manson has publicly denied these new accusations via a statement from his attorney.
In the statement made to HBO’s documentary Phoenix Rising, Wood outlined a scene in which Manson was meant to simulate sex with her, but instead began engaging in full penetrative sex, saying, “We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that. I’m a professional actress, I have been doing this my whole life, I’d never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day. It was complete chaos, and I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me.”
Manson’s attorney Howard King has now issued the following response: “Of all the false claims that Evan Rachel Wood has made about Brian Warner, her imaginative retelling of the making of the Heart-Shaped Glasses music video 15 years ago is the most brazen and easiest to disprove, because there were multiple witnesses.
“Evan was not only fully coherent and engaged during the three-day shoot but also heavily involved in weeks of pre-production planning and days of post-production editing of the final cut. The simulated sex scene took several hours to shoot with multiple takes using different angles and several long breaks in between camera setups.
“Brian did not have sex with Evan on that set, and she knows that is the truth.”
Since Wood’s initial allegations against the goth musicians, Manson has been dropped by his label and accused of sexual assault by a former personal assistant. Several witnesses also corroborated Wood’s initial claims of abuse and mistreatment, and his home was raided by police as part of the ongoing investigation against him.
Words by Chris Krovatin