Due to her accusations of sexual abuse against him, which Marilyn Manson calls a “malicious fiction,” Manson has filed a defamation lawsuit against Evan Rachel Wood.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, claims that Wood and “her on-again, off-again romantic partner” Ashley Gore “publicly cast” him as a “rapist and abuser” in the complaint, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday and obtained by Variety. Warner claims that this malicious falsehood has ruined his successful music, TV, and film career.
In order to give the impression that Warner’s purported “victims” and their families were in danger and that a federal criminal investigation against Warner was continuing, the petition claims that Wood and Gore impersonated an FBI agent by “forging and disseminating a phony letter from the agent.”
Additionally, it claims that Wood and Gore “gave checklists and scripts” to accusers and “made deliberately false representations,” such as that Manson “filmed the sexual assault of a youngster.” In addition to accusing people of impersonating another person online and violating the Comprehensive Computer Data and Access Fraud Act, Manson has asked for a jury trial.
Wood was one of many women who came forward at the beginning of last year to accuse Manson of sexual abuse. At the time, Wood posted on Instagram, saying: “My abuser’s name is Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson. When I was a teenager, he began grooming me, and for years, he tortured me horribly. I was coerced and brainwashed into submitting.
I no longer want to live in constant fear of reprisals, slander, or blackmail. Before he destroys any more lives, I’m here to expose this dangerous man and denounce the numerous industries that have supported him. I support the numerous victims who won’t remain silent any longer.
In 2007, when she was 19 and he was 38, the relationship between Wood and Manson was made public. In 2010, they got married, but they later broke up. Following the disclosure of the claims against Manson, his record company, management, CAA, and a role in the television series “American Gods” all dropped him.
After Wood’s documentary “Phoenix Rising,” which had its Sundance premiere and debuted on HBO on March 15, Manson filed a lawsuit against her. In “Phoenix Rising,” Woods’ accusations against Manson are expanded upon, and it also delves into the enactment of Wood’s Phoenix Act, which in California extends the statute of limitations for domestic abuse crimes.