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In a new documentary about her life, actress Evan Rachel Wood says her former boyfriend Marilyn Manson “basically raped [her] on camera” while filming a music video in 2007, when she was 19 and he was 38. In the movie, Phoenix rising — which premiered this Sunday at Sundance — Wood describes how she and Manson, who she was dating at the time, discussed doing a simulated sex scene for the video for Manson’s song “Heart Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)”. But during filming, Wood says Manson started “really penetrating me” when she was barely conscious, after being given absinthe on set.
Manson responded with a statement from his attorney, Howard King, who told E! News that Manson “didn’t sleep with Evan on that set, and she knows that’s the truth.” King continued, calling Wood’s story an “imaginative narrative” and saying she was “fully consistent” during filming. “The simulated sex scene took several hours to shoot with multiple takes from different angles and multiple long pauses between camera setups,” he said, adding that there were “multiple witnesses.”
At the time, the video, directed by Manson and inspired by lolita – came out, the sex scene between Wood and Manson was graphic enough that many suspected it was not a simulation. According to Wood, Manson asked her to tell reporters that she had a “romantic” time on set. Meanwhile, he seemed to publicly enjoy speculation about a more sinister reality. “There have been rumors back and forth, but I won’t confirm or deny them,” he told MTV News at the time. Manson also said that no actress besides Wood could have been in the video, “because she was inspired by her.”
Wood, now 34, described the incident as being ‘coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses’, which she said was ‘just the beginning’ of Manson’s years of abuse. . This isn’t the first time Wood has accused Manson — whom she dated until 2010 — of abuse. In 2018, Wood testified before the California Senate about an anonymous abusive relationship she had, ultimately naming Manson as her abuser in 2021. She has since accused him of anti-Semitic abuse and threatening to hurt his son.
After Wood first went public with her accusations, Manson – whose real name is Brian Warner – was dropped by her record label and agency. More than a dozen women have since come forward to talk about Manson, including actress Esme Bianco and her former personal assistant. Manson’s accusers have relayed disturbing and consistent accounts of his abusive behavior, which allegedly include sexual assault, sexual assault, human trafficking, physical and psychological torture — including physical branding — and more. Manson flatly denied his accusers’ claims, calling them “horrible distortions of reality.” He is currently under investigation in Los Angeles for multiple allegations of sexual and physical assault. The Cut has reached out to representatives for Manson for comment.