Hours after the actress’ allegations erupted, the musician posted a statement on Instagram on February 1 claiming that his relationships have always been consensual. He wrote, “Obviously, my art and my life 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.”
He added, “Regardless of how—and why—others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.” Meanwhile, he turned off the comments sections of his post.
Manson and Woods went public about their relationship in 2007. Back then, she was only 19 while he was 38. They got engaged in 2010 but a year later decided to call it off.
On Monday, February 1, the 33-year-old Westwood actress took to Instagram to write a powerful message claiming that she was abused by Brian Warner, Mason’s real name. She wrote, “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 victims who will no longer be silent.”
After her allegations became viral, Manson was removed by Starz in their unaired episode of the American Gods series while his Creepshow episode will no longer be aired as well. In addition, Loma Vista, Manson’s record label, dropped the artist and will no longer work with him on future projects.
Loma Vista’s statement read, “In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately. Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
Wood is known for opening up about her personal experiences as a survivor of domestic violence. She testified in 2018 before the Congress in line with the Survivors Bill of Rights Act. Back then she said, “My experience with domestic violence was this: toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse which started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me, raping what he believed to be my unconscious body.”
She added, “And the worst part, sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them.”
It was only recently that she named her abuser: Brian Warner a.k.a Marilyn Manson.