UPDATE: His record label and TV shows cut ties, and Mansion issued a statement
Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood and four other women shared their stories with Vanity Fair, who posted the news today. Wood has spoken in the past about abuse she endured – she even testified before Congress in 2018 to support the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill Of Rights – but never named Manson as her abuser until now. Here’s her Instagram post.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. 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. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
UPDATE: Late Monday, Manson finally responded, also choosing Instagram to post his statement.
“Obviously, my life and my art 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. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
Throughout Monday, Wood’s allegations reverberated through the entertainment world. Loma Vista, his record label, dropped him; and cable networks Starz and Shudder will edit him out of remaining episodes of American Gods and Creepshow, respectively.