Back in 2018, actress Evan Rachel Wood appeared before Congress to try and get the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights passed in all 50 states. The actress shared her own experience enduring abuse, later coming forward to confirm that her abuser was Marilyn Manson.
In the wake of Woods’ accusations, Manson has been dropped by his label, and other women have come forward sharing their own experiences with Manson (with one former assistant suing him for sexual assault). Woods’ is also part of a HBO documentary titled Phoenix Rising, which involves Woods’ sharing more about her relationship with Manson.
In a new development to this story, Marilyn Manson has sued Wood for defamation over her sexual abuse allegations against him (as reported by Variety).
“In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday and obtained by Variety, Manson — whose legal name is Brian Warner — alleges that Wood and ‘her on-again, off-again romantic partner’ Ashley Gore have ‘publicly cast’ him as a ‘rapist and abuser — a malicious falsehood that has derailed Warner’s successful music, TV and film career.’
“The filing goes on to claim that Wood and Gore impersonated a FBI agent ‘by forging and distributing a fictitious letter from the agent, to create the false appearance that Warner’s alleged ‘victims’ and their families were in danger, and that there was a federal criminal investigation of Warner ongoing.’ It also alleges that Wood and Gore ‘provided checklists and scripts’ to accusers and “made knowingly false statements,” including that Manson ‘filmed the sexual assault of a minor.’
“Manson has requested a jury trial and is also alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the Comprehensive Computer Data and Access Fraud Act and impersonation over the internet.”
More on this story as it develops.
If you want to watch the trailer for Woods’ upcoming HBO documentary, Phoenix Rising, you can find that below.
Words by: Michael Pementel