Evan Rachel Wood alleges that Marilyn Manson 'essentially raped' her in 2007 music video

Evan Rachel Wood alleges that Marilyn Manson 'essentially raped' her in 2007 music video

Wood claimed that her ex-fiance Marilyn Manson raped her while shooting the music video "Heart-shaped Glasses" in front of the crew.

Trigger Warning: This article contains details of sexual abuse that readers may find distressing.

Evan Rachel Wood is sharing more in her sexual-abuse allegations against ex-fiance Marilyn Manson in a new documentary. The three-time Golden Globe nominee was in a tumultuous relationship with Manson (born Brian Warner) which began in 2006 until 2011. The 34-year-old who has been acting since before she was 10 said she was groomed in the relationship and likened the experience to being under the influence of his "cult."


In the new documentary, Wood claimed that the singer “essentially raped” her during the filming of Manson’s 2007 “Heart-Shaped Glasses” music video. She was 19 years old at the time. “We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real,” Wood said in part one of director and Oscar nominee Amy Berg's Phoenix Rising, which premiered Sunday at the virtual Sundance Film Festival. “I had never agreed to that.”


"I'm a professional actress, I've been doing this my whole life; I've never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day. It was complete chaos," she continued. "I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me. It was a really traumatizing experience filming the video. I didn't know how to advocate for myself or know how to say no because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back, to just soldier through."


According to PEOPLE Wood said that afterward she "felt disgusting and that I had done something shameful, and I could tell that the crew was very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do. I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses. That's when the first crime was committed against me. I was essentially raped on-camera." The Westworld actress admitted that she was "scared" to speak out as the violence would "keep escalating over the course of the relationship." The actress said it took her a "really long time" to stop blaming herself and figure out what was happening to her. 


As for Manson, the now 53-year-old rocker has denied claims of sexual abuse in the past. Howard King, attorney for the musician, told The New York Post, “Of all the false claims that Evan Rachel Wood has made about Brian Warner, her imaginative retelling of the making of the "Heart-Shaped Glasses" music video 15 years ago is the most brazen and easiest to disprove, because there were multiple witnesses,” King said. “Evan was not only fully coherent and engaged during the three-day shoot but also heavily involved in weeks of pre-production planning and days of post-production editing of the final cut. The simulated sex scene took several hours to shoot with multiple takes using different angles and several long breaks in between camera setups. Brian did not have sex with Evan on that set, and she knows that is the truth.”


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