Evan Rachel Wood accuses ex Marilyn Manson of abuse: Everything to know

Evan Rachel Wood accuses ex Marilyn Manson of abuse: Everything to know

JOSH JOHNSON, DANIELLE LONG, MEGAN STONE and CARSON BLACKWELDER
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Evan Rachel Wood is accusing ex Marilyn Manson of abuse.

"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson," the "Westworld" actress, who was briefly engaged to the "Beautiful People" singer, 52, in 2010, alleged in an Instagram post Monday morning.

Wood, 33, has previously shared her experience with sexual abuse and domestic violence in front of government bodies, including in 2018 with the House Judiciary Committee and in 2019 with the California Senate.

In the 2018 testimony, Wood described being the survivor of "toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse" that included "threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing," as well as "sick rituals" and "waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body." In 2019, she described being in a relationship with a man at age 18, who abused her "through means of starvation, sleep deprivation and threats against my life."

Wood did not name her abuser in either testimony -- or numerous other times she has spoken up throughout the years -- but many had speculated she was talking about Manson, due to the time frame she referenced, which appeared to overlap with her relationship with him. Her Instagram post Monday marks the first time she's used Manson's name publicly in regard to the allegations.

"[Manson] started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," the "Mildred Pierce" actress wrote. "I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission."

"I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail," she continued. "I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent."

Wood has been sharing statements from other women coming forward with their own claims against Mansion via her Instagram Stories.

The shock rocker took to Instagram on Monday to respond to the allegations, writing, "Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality."

"My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners," he continued in his post. "Regardless of how - and why - others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."

In the wake of these claims, ABC News has confirmed that Manson has been dropped by talent agency CAA.

Loma Vista Recordings has also severed relations with the four-time Grammy nominee, the company confirmed via Facebook.

"In light of today's disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album effective immediately," the record label said in a statement. "Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects."

Loma Vista released Manson's most recent album, "We Are Chaos," last September. The label also worked with him on his previous two records, 2017's "Heaven Upside Down" and 2015's "The Pale Emperor."

Additionally, a spokesperson for AMC Networks confirmed to ABC News that a segment on the upcoming season of Shudder's "Creepshow" featuring Manson will no longer air.

Of the people responding to claims made by Wood and the other women is Rose McGowan, another one of Manson's exes. The two split in 2001 after having been engaged.

"I am profoundly sad today and disgusted, but I am mostly proud. Proud of Evan Rachel Wood and the others who have come forward against Marilyn Manson, my ex," McGowan said on Instagram.

"When he was with me he was not like that, but that has no bearing on whether he was like that with others before or after. It takes time to come forward," the "Charmed" actress, 47, continued. "And again, I am proud. Proud of these women and anybody who stands against an abuser."

ABC News has reached out to representatives for Wood and Manson.

For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call 1-800-799-7233, or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.

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