Back in 2018, actress Evan Rachel Wood went before Congress in an effort to get the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights passed in all 50 states. Wood shared her own experiences enduring abuse, with Wood later coming forward to confirm that she was abused by Marilyn Manson.
Since sharing these details with the public, Wood has spoken more about her past relationship with Marilyn Manson. She claimed how, in the video to “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” Marilyn Manson “essentially raped her,” to which he denies. In the wake of Wood coming forward about her experiences, a past personal assistant of Manson’s came forward and accused him of sexual assault (along with other women stepping forward and sharing their experiences with him). Manson was let go by his label and was even charged with rape, though the case was thrown out by a judge on the grounds of statute of limitations.
In an effort to share more of her experience and strive to help others, Wood is part of a documentary called Phoenix Rising. As reported by Consequence, Part 1 of the documentary, “Don’t Fall,” will be released on March 15th on HBO, with Part 2, “Stand Up,” following on March 16th. A trailer for the film – which premiered at Sundance last month – has just released. Phoenix Rising also explores Wood’s work to pass California’s Phoenix Act in 2019, which extended the statute of limitations on abuse charges. You can view the trailer below:
Other celebrities have spoken up and provided statements regarding Marilyn Manson. Dita Von Teese, Manson’s ex-wife, shared some words, along with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. In a conversation with Pitchfork, Reznor said, “I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.”
The passage in question is one from Manson’s book The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, in which the singer alleged that he and Reznor abused an intoxicated woman together.
More on this story as it unfolds. If you or someone you care about is suffering abuse at the hands of their partner, please contact RAINN or call 800.656.HOPE (4673). Remember: you are not alone.
Words by: Michael Pementel