Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has named Marilyn Manson as her alleged abuser, claiming that he groomed her as a teenager and "brainwashed and manipulated" her into submission.
Wood released a statement on social media on Monday (February 1) in which she explained that the abuser she has referenced over the years is Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson.
"He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," the statement read.
She continued: "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."
Just a couple of hours before posting the statement, Wood uploaded an image of her Westworld character Dolores Abernathy to her Instagram story, alongside the quote: "I imagined a story where I didn't have to be the damsel."
Following Woods' social post, at least four other women have come forward with similar allegations against Manson, accusing him of psychological abuse, manipulation and physical abuse, which the actress shared on her Instagram page.
Digital Spy has reached out to Manson's reps for comment, and will update this article when we receive a response.
Wood first spoke out about being a sexual assault survivor in late 2016, noting that one of her abusers had been someone she was romantically involved with, and explaining that the past assaults were "one of the many factors" that contributed to an attempt to take her own life at age 22.
In May 2018, a police report was filed against Manson, asserting his involvement in a number of unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011. Any further investigation was subsequently denied on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired and that there was an "absence of corroboration".
"The allegations made to the police were and are categorically denied by Mr Warner and are either completely delusional or part of a calculated attempt to generate publicity," Manson's attorney, Howard E. King, Esq., said at the time.
"Any claim of sexual impropriety or imprisonment at that, or any other, time is false."
Wood first met Manson when she was 18 and he was 36, and became engaged to him for a short while in 2010.
Later in 2018, Wood testified before a House Judiciary Subcommittee in the hopes of getting the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights passed nationwide.
In 2019, she opened up about her experiences again in pursuit of getting the Phoenix Act passed, a bill she created to expand the statute of limitations for crimes involving domestic violence from three years to five. It came into effect in January 2020.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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